All Saints Catholic Church was full to capacity on Saturday to celebrate 50 years of married life for Maddy and Peter Brown, their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Also celebrating special anniversaries were Bernard and Kath McMylor, 55 years and friends June and John Bigger, also 50 years.
The beautiful church was already filled with music as family and friends were welcomed by Maddy and Peter, son Nik and daughter Caroline and their four grandchildren.
With a break from tradition, close friend, Lys, from the Jewish community set the scene for the Mass by lighting candles and calling for blessings according to Jewish family tradition. In this case, a candelabra with 5 candles, one for each decade of married life. Then Maddy and Peter together lit a special candle provided by one of guests - 'and the two became one'.
Then Began the Opening Hymn led by Andrew Elliott and the most amazing group of musicians and choristers. Music throughout the Mass was "out of this world". In addition to parish priest Fr Greg Tobin and Monsignor Jonathon Moore, six other priests were celebrating on the Altar. All close friends of Maddy and Peter. Main Celebrant was Fr Michael Winstanley and Frs Francis and Hugh Preston, twin brothers who like Fr Michael are Salesians of Don Bosco. Fr Paul Hughes from Hattersley and Frs John Rigby and Brian Murphy, both Salford Diocese.
Mass was beautiful, such a happy family occasion.
After Mass everybody made their way to St Mary's parish hall for a scrumptious shared table, with a variety of delicious platters provided by many of the guests. Vintage cups and saucers waited on tables for teapots to warm everybody up. Beautiful table decorations were provided by Maddy's niece, Claire Farr. Wine flowed and there was a champagne toast, provided as presents from one or two guests. What a wonderful occasion. Chris Strogen and Chloé Smee Brown took photographs throughout to provide Maddy and Peter with lasting photographic memories. Heartfelt thanks to them and to all who helped prepare the church and the hall and clean up afterwards. Caroline, Eilish, Eileen, Dave, Ayden, Peter, and Sue and Moira, what stars you are. A thousand thanks from Maddy and Peter.