Diamond date for sweethearts

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A pair of childhood sweethearts who travelled the world with the RAF have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Northowram-born Geoffrey and Kathleen Batterbee met at Ebenezer Sunday School when Mr Batterbee was 16 and Mrs Batterbee was just 15.

Mr Batterbee lived on Northowram Green and Mrs Baterbee lived about a mile away at Chelsea View, Stump Cross, Northowram.

The couple married at Ebenezer Methodist Chapel, Northowram, on Saturday, December 17 1955.

After a honeymoon in London, they went to live in Northern Ireland where Mr Batterbee, 82, was stationed with the RAF.

He was in the RAF for 28 years and during his career the couple visited many countries, along with their daughter Joanne and son Paul.

He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1960.

Mrs Batterbee, 81, was a medical secretary.

Mr Batterbee said: “The secret of a long lasting marriage is, I wear the trousers, my wife tells me which ones.”

Mr and Mrs Batterbee have lived in Northallerton, North Yorkshire since 1975. They have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The couple, whose diamond wedding anniversary was yesterday, will be celebrating on Saturday, at the Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club with family and friends including quite a few from Northowram.