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Couple celebrate Diamond Wedding - 1945

Loughborough Echo - 12th October 1945

Mr and Mrs G Canning, 41 Leicester-road, Quorn, celebrated their diamond wedding yesterday. They are well known in Quorn and Mountsorrel, where both Mr and Mrs Canning have lived practically the whole of their lives.

Mr George Canning was born at Debden, in Essex, in 1863, but when only a small boy he came to live at Quorn, where his father was employed as gamekeeper on Mr Farnham's Quorn House estate.

Recounting tales of his early days to an Echo representative, Mr Canning, with a merry twinkle in his eyes, said: "Yes, I was 'half-past nine' when I went to the Mountsorrel Granite Company as a loco driver. Here I was paid 14/- a week, and at the time of my marriage was getting 24/- which at that time was considered to be a good wage."

Mrs Canning, who was formerly Miss Eliza Heggs, was born in High-street, Quorn, 81 years ago. She worked at Messrs M Wright and Sons until her marriage at the Parish Church, Quorn by the Rev. Evans on October 11th, 1885.

Mr and Mrs Canning then lived for a time at Quorn, but later went to Mountsorrel, where they remained until eight years ago. Mrs Canning has now been an invalid for many months and during the past five has been confined to her bed.

For several years Mr Canning has suffered from rheumatism and his great joy is reading. He reads anything from the daily papers to modern novels and there is nothing he better enjoys that to sit in a quiet corner with a book and his pipe.

He likes a glass of beer, but wonders whether the price will go up anymore. "I remember," he said, "the days when I could get all I wanted for 5 and a half pence - an ounce of tobacco at 3d, and 2 and a half pence for a pint of beer. Now the same would cost me 3/3."


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