Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hotel turns back clock to mark golden wedding

Published 02/07/2015 | 02:30

Sonya and Martin Jackson on their 50th wedding anniversary at the Shelbourne Hotel
Sonya and Martin Jackson on their 50th wedding anniversary at the Shelbourne Hotel
Sonya and Martin Jackson on their wedding day in July 1965
The original hotel receipt

Spending a night in Dublin's five-star hotel, The Shelbourne, for under a tenner may sound too good to be true. But Sonya (71) and Martin (75) Jackson were treated to the special discount rate to mark their 50th wedding anniversary.

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The pair tied the knot on July 1, 1965, and spent their first night as a married couple in Dublin's luxurious hotel.

A yellowing receipt, found in one of Mr Jackson's jacket pockets, shows the stay set the newlyweds back £8.17s.

To mark the couple's milestone anniversary, the Shelbourne replicated their wedding night rate, charging them just €8.17 for a room overlooking St Stephen's Green.

"It is an emotional day," Sonya told the Irish Independent.

"It means a lot to come back. We promised each other on our wedding night that we'd return to the hotel to celebrate our 50th anniversary."

The couple met at a local tennis club in Terenure on January 23, 1955.

Just over 10 years later, on a clement summer's day, they exchanged vows in Terenure Synagogue.

Sonya's wedding dress was custom made by Arnotts and their wedding reception took place in The Top Hat.

"Afterwards, we headed back to The Shelbourne. It was a very special day back then and is a very special day today."

The couple live in Rathfarnham and have two daughters. Sonya and Martin cite a good sense of humour as the secret to a long and happy marriage.

Irish Independent

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