Diamond couple celebrate milestone

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A Filey couple said they were “happy and lucky” to be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Margaret and Geoffrey Hoggarth, of Fir Tree Drive, celebrated their 60th anniversary with friends and family last week.

The couple on their wedding day

The couple on their wedding day

Mrs Hoggarth,80, said: “We are very happy and feel lucky to have lived so long and to have two lovely daughters – Susan and Faith – and five beautiful granddaughters.

“We’ve had ups and downs because that’s life, but we have managed to come through the difficult times and have always looked after each other.”

The couple first met when Margaret was starring in a pantomime in Hunmanby.

Geoffrey, a Dale Electric apprentice, was working on the production and having shared a taxi journey together one night following a performance their romance blossomed.

Three years later, in 1953, they married at Ebenezer Church in Union Street, during Geoffrey’s national service.

The couple relocated from Filey to Hunmanby where they lived for 18 years before returning to Filey following their retirement.

Mrs Hoggarth believes that the secret to a long and happy marriage is the ability to share, combined with a strong faith.

She added: “We have always shared everything and not once have we fallen out over money or possessions.

“We are both Christians and have always put God first and his guidance has stabilised our lives.”