Diamond wedding celebration for couple
PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 April 2013
Michael Creedy, 86, and his wife Margaret, 85, first met as members of the Tower Street Methodist Church choir in 1947.
Both had grown up in the town, with the Creedy family name – well known for Creedy’s and Sons – the shoe specialists and men’s and ladies’ outfitters. This was founded by Michael’s great-grandfather, who had a shop on the corner of Rolle Street and the High Street, along with shops in Budleigh and Teignmouth.
Michael and Margaret fell in love, but wedding bells were delayed for the couple, as Michael was about to become a student at Birmingham University.
With his studies completed, they got married at Tower Street on April 4, 1953.
Michael then embarked on a teaching career which took the couple right around the country, including stops in Newark, Rainham in Kent, Wincanton in Somerset, Sidmouth, Timsbury in Somerset and Northampton.
After his retirement, the couple returned to Exmouth, and both once again became involved at Tower Street.
Having been involved with choirs throughout their married life, Michael became church organist, and Margaret became choir secretary and flower secretary, responsible for ‘two or three’ flower festivals, along with some Christmas tree and Easter festivals.
The couple have a son, Paul, and a daughter, Sarah, who lives in Exmouth. They also have two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
When asked for the secret of their successful marriage, Michael said: “The obvious thing is you fall in love and stay in love, and after that I suppose it’s family and friends and common interests,” to which Margaret added: “And a bit of give and take.”
Michael then added: “We’ve been very busy and very lucky.”