Family times a highlight for diamond pair

Ronnie and Betty Tetley, The Newlands, Sowerby, celebrate their Diamond Wedding.
Ronnie and Betty Tetley, The Newlands, Sowerby, celebrate their Diamond Wedding.

It was love at first sight for a couple celebrating six diamond decades as man and wife.

Ronnie and Betty Tetley, of The Newlands, Sowerby, tied the knot 60 years ago on April 30, 1955.

Their love story began in 1954 when they worked near to each other in Triangle, Sowerby Bridge.

Betty, 79, said: “When Ronnie came out of the forces, he went back to work at Blackburn and Sutcliffe’s dye works.

“He used to come across to the mill where I worked next door. Me and his sister were friends and she introduced us.

“He was blonde, blue eyed and tanned and he’s always had a good personality, he’s always been kind.”

The pair courted for five months before getting married at Halifax Register Office.

They had stints living in Boulderclough, Mill Bank and Triangle, but have called Sowerby their home for nearly 50 years.

Ronnie and Betty’s family soon grew and they have four children - Paul, Phillip, Linda and Sharon - eight grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

And when asked for their tips for a long lasting marriage, the pair said: “We always share things and take each day as it comes and be thankful that you are still here.

“We’ve had a happy marriage, its always been about family.”

The pair celebrated their milestone anniversary with a family party at their home.