Party time to mark Joe and Beryl’s 60 happy years

Diamond wedding anniversary couple Joe and Beryl Dawson of Barkisland.
Diamond wedding anniversary couple Joe and Beryl Dawson of Barkisland.

Diamond wedding couple Joe and Beryl Donovan are ready to party to mark their 60 years of married life.

Their big day is today and several celebrations have been planned.

They will be having a family get-together at a restaurant, welcoming friends to an open house, dining out with their children, and will be treated to a break in Scarborough.

“We will be doing quite a lot of celebrating and I don’t feel any different at 80,” said Mrs Donovan.

The couple, of North Royd, Barkisland, met at a Halifax dance and were married at Barkisland Church.

Mr Donovan, 87, was born in the North East and his family moved to Copley when he was a youngster.

He was a mill worker before being called up during the Second World War and served with the Royal Marines spending time on HMS Formidable.

Afterwards he worked in engineering in Brighouse at Blakeborough’s, and later Introl where he was a chief inspector. He used to enjoy crown green bowling and likes to watch cricket and football.

Mrs Donovan was born in Barkisland and started work as a tailoress in Sowerby Bridge. She later worked for Kagan Textiles at Elland, and has had several other part-time jobs including working as a lunchtime supervisor at Barkisland School. Her interests include creating tapestry.

The couple have four children, Peter, Helen, Carole and Rachel, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

They enjoy travelling and have visited Helen, who lives in Israel, several times.