Joyful day for Lord and Lady

CELEBRATION: Lord and Lady Shaw have marked 60 years of marriage with their Roberttown friends.
CELEBRATION: Lord and Lady Shaw have marked 60 years of marriage with their Roberttown friends.

A SPECIAL village party was held to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of two of its most well-known residents.

Lord Michael and Lady Joan Shaw, of Duxbury Hall, Roberttown, celebrated their diamond wedding on April 25.

As well as a family party with their children and grandchildren in London, the couple invited Roberttown folk to enjoy some champagne and nibbles to celebrate their milestone after the service at All Saints church last Sunday.

Lord Shaw, former Spen and Scarborough MP, said: “We have spent 60 years here and brought up our three sons, Charles, 58, James, 55, and Jonathan, 53. We have five grandchildren; three are grown up and two are still at school.

The couple met while working during a by-election in 1950 and were married the following year at St Philip and St James Church, Scholes.

Lord Shaw said: “It was a lovely day but two days later while we were on honeymoon it was snowing at home, so we were very lucky.

“We went to the south of France. In those days we went by car and the car was flown across the Channel.”

After the wedding they moved to Duxbury Hall, where they still live today.

Last weekend they celebrated with friends from Roberttown.

Lord Shaw said: “We had a lovely celebration for the 60 years that we have lived in Roberttown and worshipped at the church as well.

“Throughout the years our family ties have continued to strengthen. My wife has continued to play a very, very important part and I am grateful to her.

“When you are so close with each other you become part of each other and I am glad to say that that’s certainly true as far as we are concerned.

“The main thing is when you are thinking about something you always consider how the other person would react. I hope we shall still have several years together.”

He said the couple had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of friends and family from Roberttown and beyond who had come to celebrate with them.

He added: “It has been lovely to realise how many friends we have.”