Platinum celebration for Royal British Legion fundraisers

Topsy and Tat (Margaret and Ernest Adams) are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. (P522A443)
Topsy and Tat (Margaret and Ernest Adams) are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. (P522A443)

An Upton couple who have devoted their lives to collecting money for the Royal British Legion have celebrated 70 years of devotion to each other.

Ernest and Margaret Adams marked their platinum anniversary on Tuesday.

The couple, who are known as Tat and Topsy, have raised thousands of pounds for the South Elmsall branch of the Royal British legion and the annual Poppy Appeal.

Tat, 97, has collected at every appeal since its launch in 1945 and has also been to every Remembrance Day service since 1922.

He was just four years old when he first attended with his father.

The couple, of East Avenue, met at Common Road School in South Kirkby and were married at All Saints Church.

They went on to have two daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Tat was in the armed forces for 17 years and opened a gentleman’s hairdressers while Topsy, 96, worked in munitions and later served school dinners.

They marked the momentous occasion with a family party at their daughter Janet Burton’s house in Upton. They also received a card from the Queen.

Mrs Burton said her dad will probably still be fundraising for this year’s Poppy Appeal, which launches today.

She said: “My mum and dad have enjoyed raising for the legion throughout their lives and knowing my dad, he will still be doing it this year, even at the age of 97.

“We got all the grandchildren and family round to our house to help them celebrate 70 years.”

The couple have received several awards and commendations for their dedication to the legion.