Surprise disco fun for diamond pair

Frank and Margaret Spratt, centre, with most of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their 50s disco diamond wedding party.
Frank and Margaret Spratt, centre, with most of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their 50s disco diamond wedding party.

A couple who live in Cramlington enjoyed a trip down memory lane at a special family event to mark their 60th wedding anniversary.

The 50s disco at The Phoenix on Saturday was kept as a surprise for Frank and Margaret Spratt.

Family and friends toasted the couple, who met at the former Roxy Ballroom in Blyth, and the diamond wedding party also included a singer who went through a range of classic hits.

Margaret, nee Scott, grew up in Blyth and Frank was from Cambois. They were both brought up by their grandparents.

They considered eloping to Gretna Green, but they decided to stay in Northumberland for the wedding, which took place at the old Morpeth registry office on August 18, 1956.

Frank was a miner and when he retired he got involved with a charity called Christian Relay, supervising and teaching young men how to do decorating and gardening so they could help elderly and infirm people. Margaret worked for the Redheads confectionery business until she gave birth to the first of the couple’s five children – Janice, Frank, John, Gregory and Beverley.

They lived in Blyth, Cambois, Newsham and Cowpen before moving to Cramlington 47 years ago. They currently live in Stratford Close.

Frank and Margaret also have 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They turn 77 today and on August 25 respectively.

She said: “It was a fantastic party – a lot of hard work must have gone into it. Frank said it was like walking into the Roxy Ballroom.

“It was hard in those days bringing up five children, but me and Frank have always talked things out and this meant we didn’t let anything fester.”