Platinum anniversary couple married many Moons

Arthur and Mollie Moon on their wedding day, September 4, 1943.
Arthur and Mollie Moon on their wedding day, September 4, 1943.
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In the 70 years since Arthur and Mary Moon married, Rev Moon has gone on to marry hundreds of other people.

The former reverend performed marriage ceremonies for decades in churches across Blackpool, including those of his four children and many members of his congregations.

Arthur and Mollie Moon.

Arthur and Mollie Moon.

On Wednesday, the couple will celebrate a marriage milestone – their platinum anniversary.

Mary, known as Mollie, said: “You don’t really think about a long marriage when you’ve a family and a busy life.

“It’s a wonderful thing.”

The couple met on Coronation Day in 1937, May 12, at their childhood church, St Mark’s in Preston.

“He was always following after me,” said Mollie, 89.

Arthur, 91, added: “The Lord had a hand in it.”

He volunteered to be in the RAF and later joined up to the Army but was invalided out in 1942 and decided to take up teaching – but not before asking Mollie to marry him.

They were married at the same church where they met shortly after Mollie’s 19th birthday.

Rev Moon was called to the ministry when he saw an advert in a church newspaper: “Pray for your clergy, pray for more clergy.”

And though Mrs Moon hadn’t always wanted to be a vicar’s wife she saw it was the way for their family.

It was a teaching post at Bispham Endowed primary school and role as reverend at All Hallow’s Church, Bispham, that brought the couple and their family to Blackpool in 1971.

“We’ve enjoyed every minute of it here,” said Mrs Moon. “It was exciting for us to come to Blackpool.”

The post meant Rev Moon could marry each of his four children, starting with the eldest Sheila at St John’s Church, Blackpool, and then Keith, Alison and Philip all at All Hallows Church, Bispham.

Mrs Moon added: “They’re proud of their dad and his standing in the community.”

He said: “It was very exciting. It was good to be able to do.

“It’s nice seeing people around who I’ve married. I never had anyone stand up and say the couple shouldn’t be married no, I had a very happy ministry.”

So what’s the secret to a long and happy marriage?

“Love,” said Rev Moon.

“And give and take,” added Mrs Moon.

And it has been underpinned by their Christian faith.

The couple’s large family have also been a big part of their marriage – as well as four children they have six grandsons, one granddaughter, four great-grandchildren and one more great-grandchild on the way.

They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise on the Mediterranean but never thought they’d celebrate another two big milestones together. They are now set to celebrate together with a party at The Glendower Hotel in St Annes on September 22.

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