Geoffrey and Doris Ingham from Luddenden will
celebrate their diamond
wedding anniversary today.
Mrs. Ingham, 82, says the secret to long-term wedded bliss is “a good sense of humour.”
Mrs. Ingham met her husband Geoffrey, 81, at The Regent dance hall in Sowerby Bridge when they were both in their late teens.
“He wasn’t a big dancer, but he would wait to do the last waltz with me then walk me home,” said Doris.
Shortly after they met Mr. Ingham was drafted into the navy. Mrs. Ingham worked as a weaver whilst planning their wedding. She even bought her own ring in her fiance’s absence.
They finally married in 1955 at St Peter’s Church in Sowerby.
“We didn’t have a lot of time for the wedding as Geoffrey had to be back on duty,” said Doris. “We had three days in Blackpool afterwards, then had to wait until Geoffrey got paid before I could afford to go back home .”
The couple have now lived in the area for 53 years, and have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
After leaving the army, Mr. Ingham worked in the building trade and then became a security officer at Rowntree Mackintosh.
Since retirement he has been busy serving as the Verger at St Mary’s Church in Sowerby , a position he has held for 26 years.
Mrs. Ingham says: “We share everything. All the good things and the bad things: money, chores... And he’s always been quite good-looking, which helps.”