Whirlwind romance for Shelf couple

Diamond wedding anniversary of Shirley and Jim Carter.
Diamond wedding anniversary of Shirley and Jim Carter.

A Shelf couple who were married after a whirlwind romance will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary next week.

Shirley, 79, and Jim Carter, 81, will toast the milestone anniversary on April 16 - celebrating 60 years of love and happiness.

The couple first met as teenagers but only had a couple of dates as Jim, who served in the army and the reserves for 12 years, was posted to serve in the Korean War.

After this, they lost contact and first saw each other again three years later at a Christmas party.

Following a whirlwind romance, the couple were engaged in March and then got married at Easter at Leeds Parish Church, which is now Leeds Minster.

The pair, who have one son Richard who has worked for the NHS for around 35 years, say their secret to a long marriage is to “love and tolerate” each other.

Shirley said: “You have to be mindful of each other’s needs and make allowances.

“More importantly, it is just about loving and tolerating each other. I couldn’t live without him.”

Jim added: “She cares for me and I care for her.”

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