Love made out of steely stuff

Geoffrey and Marian Toothill celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
Geoffrey and Marian Toothill celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
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A couple who said “we do” when England was at War, proved their love is made of strong stuff after celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary.

Geoff and Marian Toothill, of Wade House Road, Shelf, were both farming children, born and bred in the village but didn’t meet each other until they were at a local ballroom dance.

Geoffrey and Marian Toothill celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

Geoffrey and Marian Toothill celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

They were married on September 16, 1944, at Shelf Parish Church with a reception at Bethel Sunday School which was enjoyed by friends and family before the lovebirds headed to North Yorkshire for a honeymoon as East Coast towns were blockaded with barbed wire.

The couple have two children Neil, 64, and Julie, 61, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Geoff, 92, worked as an engineer at William Asquith, Halifax, for 29 of 51 years worked.

He still enjoys playing bowls at the local green.

When Marian, 90, left school she delivered milk for her father and later became a weaver and went on to work at Waddingtons factory in Keighley.

The couple designed their own home which has an orchard and now enjoy spending time watching the birds as well as trips out to local resteraunts.

Mr Toothill, who admires his wife’s nurturing ways, said the secret to a good marriage is “a bit of luck.” He said: “If you’re lucky enough to find the right one then it will last.”

Marian said her husband takes good care of her and both say they wouldn’t change a thing.

To celebrate, 70 years of marriage, they will enjoy a party with friends and family at Brighouse’s Lane Head Hotel.