60 years for happy couple

Thomas and Jean Bottomley, Granny Hall Lane, Brighouse, celebrate their Diamond wedding.

Thomas and Jean Bottomley, Granny Hall Lane, Brighouse, celebrate their Diamond wedding.

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A couple from Halifax celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a special get-together of family and friends at the weekend.

Thomas and Jean Bottomley were married at Holy Trinity Church on Harrison Road on 23 October, 1954 after meeting on a coach trip to Blackpool run by the old Baycliffe’s factory in Halifax where they both worked as teenagers.

They marked their anniversary with a celebration at Bradley Golf Club with around 60 or 70 guests.

Thomas, 79, worked in the carpet industry for 35 years after serving in the Royal Air Force during his national service, while Jean, 81, ran play groups across Halifax and was a teaching assistant at Boothtown School and Beech Hill School.

They have two children, Gail and Janet, and a grand-daughter, Stephanie.

Thomas said: “We noticed each other and started going out to the pictures. It just grew from there.

“You could say it was love at first sight.

“We’re still here after 60 years and we still get on.

“We have two lovely daughters and a brilliant grand-daughter who we’re very proud of.

“It’s been a happy marriage, very much so.

“The most important thing is to have a wife who is always there for you and always sticks up for you.

“There is no magic thing, it’s entirely up to the calibre of the other person that they stand by you and go with the flow.”