A COUPLE will be surrounded by their large family - including 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren - at their diamond wedding party on Friday.
Muriel, 81, and Trevor Birkhead, 82, of Tewit Lane, Illingworth, reach their 60th anniversary this Thurdsay (May 31).
On Friday they will celebrate with a bash at the Illingworth Liberal Club - where generous Mr Birkhead has promised his guests the first round is on him.
The pair met at the Palace Theatre in Halifax and married on May 31 1952 at the former St Andrew’s Church on Queens Road, Halifax.
Their reception was held in the church hall and the couple honeymooned in Chester - returning just before the Queen’s Coronation.
Mrs Birkhead recalled: “We embroidered a table cloth between us for the Coronation.”
When they met, Mrs Birkhead was working in a baby clothing store on Gibbet Street, Halifax.
She left that job to start a family - and the couple had seven children.
Mrs Birkhead then went onto work as a cleaner at the former Highlands School in Illingworth.
Mr Birkhead worked for 39 years at Smith Wires on Charlestown Road - where he had to leave after suffering a heart attack six months before he was due to retire.
Mr Birkhead said the secret to a long and happy marriage is never to argue.
He said: “We never argue. If you argue it gets to fighting.
“We never get to fighting. “That’s why we’ve got on and why we’re happy.”