Diamond couple celebrate 60 years of married life

Diamond wedding; Donald & Jean Greenwood, Beechwood Road, Holmfield.
Diamond wedding; Donald & Jean Greenwood, Beechwood Road, Holmfield.

A diamond Halifax couple are celebrating 60 years of married life together.

Donald and Jean Greenwood, 84, who met at Alexandra Hall dance hall were wed at St Mary’s Church, Illingworth, in 1954, aged 22 and on the day Halifax RLFC drew at Wembley.

On military leave, Donald was told he would be posted to Malta with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as part of his national service. With three weeks to go, the couple decided to get hitched.

Mrs Greenwood said: “It was a fast turnaround but a beautiful day.”

Donald returned 16 months later and the couple enjoyed married life in Holmfield. Mr Greenwood worked as a production controller for Denfords/Boxford Engineering, Halifax.

Mrs Greenwood worked at Halifax’s Makintosh factory and ran her own dancing school.

Mr Greenwood, a keen angler, said: “We have both found the right person in each other. Like any couple, we argue - but we never sleep on a quarrel.”

Mrs Greenwood said: “After 60 years, we know each others thoughts words and deeds.”

The couple, who have two children, Dawn, 52, and David, 50, said having children was a highlight of married and watching their family grow, with five grandchildren, is something they enjoy.

The couple will enjoy diamond celebrations with their family.