A FORMER Port St Mary woman who married in Rushen Parish Church in 1951 returned for a blessing at the church to celebrate her Diamond Wedding.
Margaret Leece married Edward Watt on December 15 – the day was bright and sunny as it was when close family and friends gathered to attend the celebration service conducted by the Reverend Joe Heaton.
Margaret was one of a family of 10, three boys and seven girls, and she and Eddie were delighted that Brenda, Yvonne, and Olive were able to attend. Sister Doris lives in Ausralia and was unable to make the long journey while Mona was prevented from attending because of family illness. Her brother Norman, who is manager of Mezeron Shipping Line, was also able to make it after seeing a ship out.
Eddie and Margaret met in Birkenhead in 1951. He was a Colour Sergeant with the Scots Guard whom had recently returned from Malaysia. He came to the island, proposed and married. With no job prospects in the island at that time, the couple returned to Birkenhead where Eddie joined the fire service and went to complete 34 years.
Sadly their best man John Miller died in the intervening years, as did one of the bridesmaids, Kathleen Brennan.
Their close affinity with the island, in particular with Port St Mary, remained strong and they have been regular visitors.
Eddie was one of the first members of Mannin Angling Club and untll two years ago always competed in the Fishing Festival. He was a close friend of the late Norman Crowe MLC, who always fished in the festival, and founder member Hugh ‘Buttons’ Cowley.
Eddie and Margaret live in Abergele, Clwyd, where she is well known for her charity work, having over the years raised not far short of half a million pounds, mainly for anti-cancer causes, her brother Walter having died several years ago of the disease.
Among those present at the ceremony was one of their daughters, Edwina, and her husband Kevin while close friends John and Sally Bowkett had travelled from Weston super Mare. A small reception was held at the Garrison in Castletown where the couple thanked everyone for helping them enjoy their big day. They were absolutely thrilled to receive a card expressing good wishes from the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood and his family.