On October 27, 1989, the family of Samuel Rubery Mottershead and Annie Mansfield joined with them to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary, at the home of their daughter, Vivien Knox at Valley Heights, NSW, Australia.
Their marriage took place on October 27, 1939, in Stockport, Cheshire, England.
The following photos tell the story of the day ~
Sam, Annie, their daughters and two youngest grandchildren, Ben & Hayley Keevers.
Sam, Annie and their four daughters. I wonder what was so funny?
Daughters Annette Joiner and Christine Bell.
Sam & Annies Grandaughter Jenine Bryce holding her son Mathew Bryce and Jenine's mother Annette Joiner, holding Sam & Annies youngest grandaughter, Hayley Keevers.
Sam's brother Bill Mottershead, his wife Fay, Annie and Sam.
All of Sam & Annies grandchildren in 1989 ~ Troy Bell, Jenine Bryce, Andrew Knox, Jeffrey Bryce, Mark Bell, Scott Bell, Steven Bell, Mathew Knox, Hayley Keevers & Ben Keevers.
Sam & Annie cutting the cake. Annie said she was so happy!
Brothers Sam & Bill Mottershead.
David Bell tickling his neice, Hayley Keevers, while big brother Ben looks on.
The whole family ~ Maria Bryce, Christine Bell, Joanne Keevers, Allan Keevers, Adrian Knox, David Bell, Troy Bell, Brett Joiner, Jeffrey Bryce, Andrew Knox, Annie holding grandaughter Hayley Keevers, Sam holding grandson Ben Keevers, Annette Joiner, Vivien Knox, Jenni Knox, Mathew Knox, Scott Bell, Steven Bell, Jenine Bryce holding Mathew Bryce and Mark Bell.
Grandaughter Jenine Bryce holding her son, Mathew Bryce and her neice, Hayley Keevers. The two babies were often refered to as the twins, as they were born one day apart, yet Hayley is the generation above Mathew.
Sam and Annie...So many presents to open!
Sam & Annies four daughters ~ Annette Joiner, Christine Bell, Vivien Knox and Joanne Keevers.
Annie with her eldest grandchild, Jeffrey Bryce.
Cousins Troy Bell and Hayley Keevers at play.
Annie..."Anyone for cake?"
Chatting with the girls outside in the Bar-b-que area.
Sam and Annie were married just after the outbreak of World War II, and a Sam was joining the army, they didn’t spend very much time preparing for their wedding day and there were no photos taken. They were married at the registry office in Stockport, with Sam’s parents as their witnesses.
After their wedding, they bought fish and chips, which they ate at home. (Fish and chips remained a favourite meal throughout their married lives!)
This photo is Annie, wearing the dress she was married in. Annie said an artist added colour and definition to the original photo taken, and the gold coloured bow on her dress was a brooch.