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Diamond days for Rosemary and Joe

Joseph and Rosmary Radford from Kirkby-in-Ashfield celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Joseph and Rosmary Radford from Kirkby-in-Ashfield celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

A devoted Kirkby couple who have just celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary say their marriage is still sparkling after 60 years together.

Rosemary and Joe Radford, of Lime Tree Avenue celebrated their 60 years together with a party at Kirkby Coronation Club.

More than 70 guests attended - including three of their original brides maids and the best man.

Joe, 85 and Rosemary 80, tied the knot at St Helen’s Church Selston in 1954.

Rosemary said: “I can remember it as if it was yesterday.

“It was teeming down with rain and the trail on my bride’s dress risked gettng soaked .

“My dad , who was a miner, didn’t stand on ceremony, he screwed it up in his hand to keep it out of the puddles!

“He didn’t think much about protocol or keeping it straight..

“We had big a reception at Selston Welfare Club for 150 people.”

The couple met in somewhat unromantic circumstances.

Mrs Radford explained: “I was coming home from work with my friends and we were waiting for a bus at Portland Square when we first met. He asked me out but I wouldn’t go at first. The second time I agreed and from then on it was like love at first sight.”

Rosemary and Joe have a son and daughter, two grand daughters and two step-grandchildren.

Joe was a miner for almost 43 years, working at Bentinck and Pinxton collieries among others. Rosemary was a cashier at Baker and Plum at Nottingham and Colin Edwards Estate Agents in Sutton.

“We have never fallen out and we have always gone out as a couple,” said Rosemary,

The couple, who are members of the congregation at the Old Methodist Church at Kirkby, received a card from The Queen to mark the occasion.

Money in lieu of gifts totalling £200 was donated to the Air Ambulance

 

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