Diamond day for local couple

Margaret and Johnny Strzelecki.
Margaret and Johnny Strzelecki.

A HAPPY couple from Skegness recently celebrated 60 years of marriage after first meeting in a chip chop.

Margaret, then 18, saw Johnny Strzelecki, then 21, trying to order food with some friends but the language barrier was proving to be a problem until Margaret and her friends helped them.

Johnny was part of the Polish Parachute Brigade and when Poland fell, he came over here and has stayed ever since.

Margaret and Johnny married in 1951 at St Matthew’s Church and then later enjoyed a ceremony at the Roman Catholic Church.

The pair went on to have son Paul in 1957 and Simon in 1959 and are now also blessed with four grandchildren, Tim, Daniel, Ryan and Zoey.

Margaret worked as a teaching assistant for 30 years at Skegness Infant School and Johnny worked as an electrician for the council and a mechanic for the Lifeboat crew for over 30 years.

The couple celebrated their diamond anniversary at home in Skegness with family, and later went out to enjoy a meal, last Thursday (September 1).

Margaret now 82 and Johnny, 85, said the secret of a happy and long-lasting marriage was a lot of give and take, patience and to help one another as they continue to grow older.