Secret of a happy life, by couple wed 60 yrs

Daryl and Edna Smith, Rochdale Road, Triangle, celebrate their diamond wedding.
Daryl and Edna Smith, Rochdale Road, Triangle, celebrate their diamond wedding.
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A diamond wedding couple have revealed their secret of a long marriage.

Daryl and Edna Smith, of Rochdale Road, Triangle, were today celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Daryl, 82, said: “The trick is to have a lot of shared interests. We have the same taste in classical music and you need things like that.

“She’s a very good cook too,” he added.

And Edna, who as well as celebrating her wedding anniversay turns 79 today, said: “You need a strong sense of humour too.”

Edna is originally from Oldham, where the couple were married.

They met there in the late 1940s after being introduced by a Scout leader in Lancashire.

They went out for a meal in Manchester and hit it off straight away.

Daryl worked in the stereo department at the Halifax Courier for 48 years, breaking off for two years between 1947 and 1949 to join the Royal Air Force.

For a time he played the organ and piano at Mill Bank Methodist Chapel and the former Triangle Chapel.

He still likes to occasionally play the piano for his own enjoyment.

Edna was a compto-meter operator before moving to Triangle. She then worked in the kitchen at Triangle School and later took on other roles, include sectretary.

The couple have four children – Richard, Howard, Graham and Gillian and four grandchildren.

To celebrate the special day, Daryl and Edna are having a party arranged by the family.