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Diamond day for Eric and Margaret
A DIAMOND duo who bonded over a shared love of music are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss and say the secret to a happy marriage is ‘doing things together’.
Eric Pimlatt, aged 80, and his 78-year-old wife Margaret, celebrated their anniversary with friends and family on Saturday after falling love more than 61 years ago.
The Rudheath couple, who have three children, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, met at a dance at the Old Drill Hall in Darwin Street when Eric was 21 and Margaret was 18.
They married 18 months later at Bourne Methodist Church on August 29, 1953.
After tying the knot, Margaret, who previously worked at the Co-operative, gave up work to raise the children, while Eric - a chemist by trade - held down a number of jobs, including working at ICI and Winsford’s salt mines.
As well as serving on Rudheath Parish Council for 30 years and helping to build Rudheath Youth Club, the pair have dedicated most of their life to music.
“We got involved in country music about 20 years ago,” said Eric, who presents two weekly shows on Mid Cheshire Radio under the name of Rick O’Shay, a name which Eric says came about like most good ideas - over a pint.
“We were having a drink in the Gladstone Club coming up with name suggestions because we didn’t think Eric Pimlatt sounded right – Mouth of the South was one.
“Then someone said, ‘What about a bullet – ricochet?’. There was already a DJ called Rick O’Shea on Atlantic 257 but it was spelled differently so I thought, that’s my name and spelled it Rick O’Shay.”
Since then, Eric has presented on the Winsford-based station twice a week, while also writing country music columns for various publications, including the Guardian.
He has own studio in his and Margaret’s home of 48 years, which he calls ‘Studio Three’.
“Studios one and two are in Winsford.
“I love doing my shows. I used to do them live but now I have to prerecord them.
“I also do a country night at the Gladstone club once a month.
“Margaret and I have always had a love of music – I played the organ and Margaret played the piano – it’s one of our shared loves.
“We’ve done a lot of things together, we’ve been to Canada three times, we’ve been on the Concord twice.
“Doing things together, having shared interests, that’s the secret to a long and happy marriage.”
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