Diamond day for couple

Diamond wedding couple, Derek and Barbara Parker, at Crossley Alms Houses, Halifax.
Diamond wedding couple, Derek and Barbara Parker, at Crossley Alms Houses, Halifax.
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A couple from Halifax have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Derek and Barbara Parker first met at the pictures 64 years ago and were married at the Square Congregational Church in Halifax on August 22, 1953.

They are celebrating their anniversary with a family meal at the Tower House Hotel.

It is a time of extra celebration for the couple, as Barbara has recently had her 79th birthday and Derek is celebrating his 82nd birthday today.

Barbara said: “We met at the Odeon cinema in Halifax.

“There were three girls and three boys, one of whom was Derek.

“I think it’s all about give and take really. You’ve got to take each other’s faults.

“It’s been up and down like every other marriage but nothing serious really.

“We’re taking all the family out for a big meal to celebrate - there’ll be 18 of us there in total.”

Derek served two years national service in the Royal Artillery while Barbara worked at the Mackintosh factory and Watson’s Bakery in Halifax.

The couple, from Arden Road in Halifax, also enjoy crown green bowling and played for a number of years for Wellesley Park bowling club.

They have two sons, Glyn and Nigel, four grandchildren, Christopher, Laura, Adam and Rebecca and one great-grandchild, Liam, with another one on the way.