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Wellingborough News 1927

A quiet but happy celebration took place at Shelton's Row, Irthlingborough, on Monday last, the occasion being the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. James Carr, who reside there. When our representative called upon them that evening he found Mr. and Mrs. Carr quite happy and comfortable, and ready to talk about old times. Mr. Carr, despite his 74 years, is still a fine-looking man, tall and broad of shoulders. He still carries himself erect, with an almost soldierly bearing. Mrs. Carr is two years older, and also enjoys fairly good health.

Mr. Carr was born in Birmingham, but was taken to London when very young, and spent about 25 years there. He was a hand-sewn boot maker.  

The wedding took place at St. Giles’, Camberwell on the 7th November, 1877. He had a longing to get into the country, and after drifting about for a time in various counties, he settled in Rushden about 40 years ago. After staying there twenty years or more he finally settled at Irthlingborough. Although a skilled man at his trade, this work did not appeal to him, he having a marked preference for outdoor work only worked as a boot maker when he could get no other kind of outdoor occupation, having had a good deal of experience as a gardener, working in this capacity for many people in the district.

Mr. and Mrs. Carr have had a family of eight – six sons and two daughters.

One son died in infancy, and they are proud of the fact that all their sons and daughters’ husbands took their part in the Great War. One son was taken with consumption, and died after seven years’ suffering. They are very proud of the number of their grandchildren, who total 23. Mr Carr has a wonderful memory and can recall many things that happened during the early part of his life in London. We are sure that all our readers will wish Mr. and Mrs. Carr many more years of happiness.

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