Couple from Halifax who went to primary school together celebrate 60 years of happy marriage

Derek and Jean Fletcher
Derek and Jean Fletcher

A couple from Halifax who met at primary school and were reunited on a speed way trip are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Jean and Derek Fletcher, from King Cross, were both pupils at Siddal Primary School before they started courting after meeting again on a trip to see the sport in Edinburgh when Mrs Fletcher was 21 and Mr Fletcher was 19.

They were married in October 1952, a couple of months before Mr Fletcher left for Germany to serve with the Army.

“He was so laid-back and so kind, and he still is,” said Mrs Fletcher.

“He’s absolutely wonderful.”

“She’s everything that anyone could want,” said Mr Fletcher.

“We’re still very much in love.”

The couple were married at St Mark’s Church in Siddal and had two daughters - Susan and Caroline. Tragically, Caroline died three years ago.

They have five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mr Flecther worked as a mechanic at the bus depot in Halifax while Mrs Fletcher worked in textiles and later in the laundry department at Halifax Hospital.

They plan to celebrate their anniversary with a meal at Julio’s in Halifax town centre- their favourite restaurant - and a party for their family and friends.