Local couple celebrate 50 years of marriage with golden wedding anniversary

Date published: 07 September 2020

Rochdale residents Michael and Irene Turner celebrated 50 years of marriage with their golden wedding anniversary on Monday 4 May 2020.

The happy couple have lived in Rochdale since 1970. Mr Turner worked as a social worker for the Rochdale Council before moving on to be director of Catholic Children Rescue Society based in South Manchester. Mrs Turner also worked for Rochdale Council for many years prior to retirement.

They are proud parents of Andrew and Christopher and have five grandchildren, who all sent their love and best wishes for the joyous occasion and are looking forward to celebrating together eventually.

Mr and Mrs Turner got married in Hyde, which was Irene’s hometown, whilst Mr Turner grew up mostly in Bury before moving to Rochdale and raising a family.


Irene and Michael Irene Turner on their wedding day in 1970
Irene and Michael Turner on their wedding day in 1970


Over the years they have travelled extensively to the USA, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, cruised The Nile and have enjoyed various European destinations with family and on their own.

Whilst traveling Mrs Turner likes to sample the local health care as she usually gets into some sort of scrape, which Mr Turner will happily confirm, and enjoys recounting the stories.

Mr Turner is also an avid walker and when not taking Mrs Turner for a daily stroll will happily walk up onto the moors and travel further afield to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District or some other area whilst on UK staycation.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr and Mrs Turner were unable to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary as planned with family. As the pandemic is still affecting everyday life, it may be a little longer yet before plans can take place including a ceremony at St Patrick's Church, a family party, and a holiday.

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