Beryl is George’s little diamond

George and Beryl Bye who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary recently.
George and Beryl Bye who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary recently.

A MANSFIELD Woodhouse couple who learned not to take arguments ‘too personally’ have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

George and Beryl Bye, of Rushpool Avenue, marked the occasion with a gathering of family and friends at the Beeches Care Home in High Street on Thursday 7th June.

Beryl (83) was admitted to the home about a year ago after suffering from dementia for the past three years.

But husband George (80) said the pair have enjoyed a wonderfully happy marriage by ensuring they ‘kissed and made up’ after any row.

George joined the Royal Navy in 1947 and when he returned home to Creswell his friends wanted to see him in uniform so a pub crawl was arranged.

“We finished up at the local dance hall and Beryl was there with one of my friend’s sisters,” he said. “I asked her out and we starting courting.”

George was was then called out to the far east with the Navy so had to wait until two years later before taking Beryl to meet his mum in 1951.

They married at St Mary Magdalene Church in Creswell on June 7th, 1952.

George was drafted with the Navy again in 1954 at the same time Beryl became pregnant with their first child. He didn’t get to see his son until he was over a year old.

After finishing in the Navy, George studied to work as a training officer in the mining industry. He landed a top job in Thoresby as the man in charge of hiring for the position was a former Navy commander.

“I learned then it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” added George.

Beryl worked in the hosiery mill in Station Road, Mansfield.

George looked said his wife for about two years before she went to Beeches. He said she can recognise family and friends but can’t remember their names.

The couple, who have two sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter, enjoyed many happy holidays in their caravan and also went abroad. They are both Freemasons.

George said: “The secret to a long marriage is to make sure you pick the right woman. She’s a lot smaller than me and I always say to her ‘you will never find diamonds the same size as coal’.

“It’s important to always kiss and make up if you have a row and don’t take it too personally.

“It was really nice having family and friends together to celebrate our anniversary.”