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The table was turned on Chairman of Hambleton District Council, David Hugill this week – when his parents received a special civic visit.

John and Jean Hugill celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary – and in line with all ‘special’ celebrations it meant a visit from the local council.

But as son David was already at the family gathering it fell to Vice Chairman of the authority, Councillor David Blades, to drop by to mark the occasion with a bouquet of flowers.

John and Jean met through the Great Smeaton Young Farmers Club – marrying in the local church and farming at Dromonby Grange Farm in Kirkby in Cleveland ever since.

They have both have been very active members of their local community – Jean with the Women’s Institute and John as a member of Kirkby Parish Council. On his retirement from the parish council John was made a ‘Freeman of Kirkby-in-Cleveland’ in recognition of his long service.

The couple celebrated their 60 years together with their three children David, Wendy and Lynne and seven grandchildren.

  • To arrange a civic visit to mark 60th wedding anniversaries and 100th birthdays please contact Louise Hancock on 01609 767015 or louise.hancock@hambleton.gov.uk
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