Diamond Wedding Anniversary - March 26, 2011

Colin and Monica Birchenough
Colin and Monica Birchenough

A DIAMOND couple had an unconventional white wedding as snow fell on their big day 60 years ago today.

Colin and Monica Birchenough were married at Northowram Parish Church.

Diamond wedding. Colin and Monica (nee Goggs) Birchenclough'married at St Matthews parish church, Northowram on March 26, 1951. [archived 22 march 2011]

Diamond wedding. Colin and Monica (nee Goggs) Birchenclough'married at St Matthews parish church, Northowram on March 26, 1951. [archived 22 march 2011]

“We were married at noon and there was snow on the ground but it didn’t last long,” said Mrs Birchenough, 80.

The couple met at a Halifax dance when she was 18 and her future husband was 22. Two years later they were married and moved into their first house on Paddock Lane, Norton Tower.

“We had our first child Lynn, now 56, while there and she was followed by Ian, 55,” said Mrs Birchenough.

The couple also have a third child Sally, now 44, and six grandchildren aged between five and 27. For the last 45 years they have lived in their home in Northowram.

They did much of the building work themselves and Mr Birchenough said: “The tiles came from a big mansion in Savile Park and the stone is from the old Palace Theatre.”

He worked for OXO Ltd and retired as a sales manager while Mrs Birchenough was a secretary at William Hall Architects, Halifax.

She also volunteered for 21 years at the former Northowram Hospital as part of the League of Friends, which earned her a commemorative medal.

The couple said they have always had the love and support of their children and will celebrate with family and a few friends.