Couple celebrate 70 years of married life

Harold and Margaret (Peggy) Farrar celebrate 70 years of marriage
Harold and Margaret (Peggy) Farrar celebrate 70 years of marriage

Harold and Margaret Farrar had a three month courtship - and are now celebrating 70 years of happy marriage.

They met in 1943 as the second world war raged and seized the moment.

Wedding day 1943

Wedding day 1943

Harold, 92, was born in Hull and was stationed in Halifax with the Royal Army Service Corp when he met Margaret at a dance.

He was then commissioned to serve as a lieutenant in the Royal West African Frontier Force in Nigeria, India and Burma.

“If we didn’t get married when we did we didn’t know if we would ever get married,” said Peggy, 90.

After demob in 1946 the couple, of Thorn Drive, Ambler Thorn, moved to Hull but the city had been so badly bombed they were unable to get their own home there.

Consequently, they moved to Southowram in 1947 and Harold joined the Halifax Corporation. He was an income officer and retired in 1982.

Harold’s hobbies included photography and bee keeping.

Margaret was born at Boothtown, Halifax, and was an office worker at John Mackintosh’s, Halifax, before becoming a full-time lecturer in business studies at the Percival Whitley College, Halifax.

The couple enjoyed swimming, walking and supporting White Windows Cheshire Home, Sowerby. They have also had links with the Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn.

“We have the same interests and are lucky we have a lot of friends,” she said.

The couple married at St John’s Church, Lee Mount, and will celebrate their platinum anniversary on December 23 at home.

They have a daughter Sandra Secher, of Cambridge, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

And, Harold’s advice to young couples today is: “Don’t put the light out on a disagreement.”