Diamond duo like ships that passed in the night

Diamond wedding couple John and Dorothy Stevenson.
Diamond wedding couple John and Dorothy Stevenson.

Absence made the heart grow fonder for a Brighouse couple celebrating 60 diamond years as husband and wife.

John and Dorothy Stevenson, of Ashlea Avenue, tied the knot sixty years ago, but their love story began with a chance meeting in the historic market town of Knaresborough.

Dorothy, now 84, was on a day trip with her friends when John, who was on leave from the navy, caught her eye.

John, 84, said: “We just clicked and we went to the fair that night.

“I was out at sea quite a lot, but we still wrote to each other.”

Dorothy added: “Even though we didn’t see each other, the affection was still there.

“I remember getting a letter saying he was coming back and could I meet him. I jumped in the air.”

Despite time apart. during which John played a role in the funeral of King George VI, the pair became engaged in 1952 and were married at St Peter’s Parish Church, Huddersfield, on April 9, 1955.

But the pair were separated once again as John had to go back to the navy, where he was posted in Korea and East Asia.

Eventually the couple made Lockwood, Huddersfield, their home and their son Robert was born in 1957.

They have called Brighouse their home for 50 years.

Over the years, John and Dorothy have travelled the world together on cruises, taking in exciting locations including Hawaii, New York City, Norway and the Suez Canal.

When asked why their marriage has survived the test of time, John said: “We’ve rubbed along together without any problems.

“I don’t want Dorothy to be any different.”

Dorothy added: “John has always been very caring and he has looked after me. We have a lot of happy memories together.”

The couple will celebrate their milestone anniversary with a family meal and will enjoy a new conservatory as they enter their seventh decade of married life.