Sarah and Anthony O’Donnell had much to celebrate when they marked their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends in England recently.
They met back in Donegal where Anthony lived in Meenaneary and Sarah (née Gavigan) not far away, in Crove, Carrick.
In the 1950s they moved to England and were married in Putney on February 27, 1954.
Anthony worked for British Rail at Stratford in East London where the couple set up their first home, soon moving to Plaistow, and then to Gants Hill in Ilford where they have lived for the last 40 years.
They have three children and six grandchildren. On the day of their 60th anniversary and with the wonders of Skype, they were able to speak to two of them at university in Durham and Brisbane, which made their day.
They also received a special message of congratulations from the Queen.
Sarah and Anthony are proud too, of their great-nephew, Seamus Coleman, the Killybegs footballer who has been in such great form for Everton and the Republic of Ireland. One of his shirts is on display for everyone to see in their sitting room.
When asked what the secret to their long marriage was, they replied that a sense of humour helps along with sharing the joy which their grandchildren bring them.