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Double diamond joy for the Larkins- two brothers married to sisters 60 years ago

Elsie and Peter Larkin are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary along with their brother and sister Joan and Gerald Larkin.

Elsie and Peter Larkin are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary along with their brother and sister Joan and Gerald Larkin.

It was a double celebration for two sets of siblings who reached their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Gerald Larkin and his younger brother Peter married sisters Joan and Elsie Ashworth in a double wedding ceremony on March 27, 1954.

Gerald, 83, and Joan, 80, started dating 62 years ago and shortly after Peter, now 81, wooed Elsie, 83.

Elsie said: “My sister used to work as a dress maker from home. So she made both our wedding dresses, they were lovely. She even made our pageboys’ suits.

“It was a perfect day for us all.”

As Gerald and Peter had 11 siblings, they hired a double decker bus to transport guests to and from St James’ Church, Leeds where the wedding took place.

The two couples then travelled to Scarborough together for a joint honeymoon.

Elsie said: “It was our dream destination. We still all go away together on holidays in England.”

Elsie and Peter who live on Valley Crescent in Wrenthorpe, have one son, while Gerald and Joan, who have lived on Windmill Road in Eastmoor for the past 58 years, had four daughters and two sons.

Elsie said: “Tragically my sister and her husband lost one of their daughters to cancer when she was 42.”

But she added that having a close family unit had kept them all going “through thick and thin”.

She said: “We all get on really well. We see each other at least once a week.

“We normally go around to their house in Eastmoor because they struggle to get around as much as they used to.”

Both couples received a message from the Queen this week to mark their diamond wedding.

The Larkins will celebrate their special day with family and friends at the Wheatsheaf pub in Altofts.

 
 
 

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