Celebrating a diamond day

Diamond Jubilee couple: Margaret and Geoff Waite of Clifton
Diamond Jubilee couple: Margaret and Geoff Waite of Clifton

DIAMOND wedding couple Margaret and Geoff Waite take special pleasure in sharing their celebrations with the Queen.

The Clifton couple who mark their 60th wedding anniversary today, Thursday, are big fans of the Queen and have followed her Jubilee celebrations with interest.

“On her Silver, Golden and now Diamond anniversaries there have been bank holidays - which have been very nice for us,” said Geoff.

The couple, who live at New Street, Clifton were married in Allerton Bywater on June 7 1952, after meeting at a dance in 1949.

“It was a year of austerity and sweets, sugar and tea were still rationed. But we had a really great wedding day - even though there was a rival attraction for the male guests with Freddie Trueman making his test match debut at Leeds against India.” The couple moved to Clifton in 1961 and, until his retirement in 1988, Geoff worked as a transmission and construction engineer with British Gas. Margaret worked at the Danish Bacon factory in Brighouse and then Stereosound. They have four children - Ian, Paul, Julie and Craig who lives in Australia - seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“I enjoy gardening, playing snooker and following Castleford Rugby League and Margaret loves playing bingo at Hartshead Moor Club and travelling but for both of us, our real joy is our family.

“We love seeing our family when we can and there’s no doubt that having children and grandchildren helps keep you young and active,” said Geoff, 82.

The couple have received a message of congratulations from the Queen and will celebrate their anniversary with a family dinner at Bellini’s in Brighouse.

“At the dinner we will drink a toast to the Queen because, while she reigns, every anniversary she celebrates will also be a milestone for us. In 1977 the Queen’s Silver Jubilee coincided with our silver wedding anniversary so we celebrated with her in right royal style and again for her Golden Jubilee. We hope to celebrate a few more with her!”