Platinum couple get royal approval

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A couple who tied the knot as teenagers are celebrating an incredible 70 years of marriage.

Four generations of the Tailor family: Seated, Ratilal and Shantaben, with eldest son Manhar, his daughter Nita and her children Sophia-Asha (left), and Kian.
Ratilal and Shantaben Tailor exchanged rings to mark the platinum anniversary of their wedding which took place in India.

They lived in India then Tanzania before moving to Ashton in 1968 where they have been ever since.

Ratilal and Shantaben, who both celebrate their 89th birthdays this year, were founder members of the popular luncheon club which has been held since the 1980s at Ashton's Indian Community Centre.

They have two sons and two daughters, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who gathered at an anniversary garden party at their home.

Shantaben said the key to a happy marriage was 'mutual respect and understanding, compassion and affection for each other' - as well as the royal seal of approval.

Ratilal added: “We were delighted to receive a beautiful card on both our diamond and now our platinum wedding anniversary from Her Majesty the Queen.”

While Shantaben has been a housewife, Ratilal was a tailoring cutter and designer in India and Tanzania. In Ashton he worked in the cotton industry and later as a foreman at Glynwed in Audenshaw, which made domestic and heating appliances.

Manhar, their eldest son, 62, said: “My parents are very well loved and respected by all who come in contact with them.

“They have received congratulations and well wishes from far and wide.”

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