Couple’s anniversary joy

Bob and Margaret Stead
Bob and Margaret Stead

A Scarborough couple who married 60 years ago today are celebrating their Diamond Wedding.

Bob and Margaret Stead, of Springfield, are both originally from York and tied the knot at St Paul’s Church in Holgate Road.

They got to know each other by going to regular dances at popular venues around the city and got married after courting for three years.

Margaret, 82, was 22 years old when she got married and was an office worker for British Rail.

Bob, 85, was a milkman and had a horse-drawn float to do his rounds.

At age 18, before meeting Margaret, he had been called up for army service and served in the Military Police in Berlin and Hamburg.

After the couple got married, Bob joined the local police force, starting out in York and later moving to cover areas including Bridlington, Pocklington and the North Riding.

Margaret said: “We wanted to come to Scarborough as it was our seaside place as kids.

“We moved here when our son Paul was 15 and he’s 59 now!”

The couple have three children - Paul, Ian and Rosalind, who all live nearby, with Ian often working away.

They also have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In her spare time, Margaret loves reading and Bob says he does a lot of resting!

They are both huge fans of Scarborough and love spending time out and about in the town.

Margaret said: “I love Scarborough, it’s such a nice place. I love York too - I’m proud to have been born there in the Shambles.

“We couldn’t have retired to a nicer town - we’re very lucky.”

For their Diamond Wedding, the couple have already enjoyed a family meal at The Mount Hotel, which they said was wonderful.

When asked about the secret to a long, happy marriage, Bob said: “I always give her a kiss every morning.”

Margaret adds that they’ve always had a good laugh together and enjoyed themselves as a couple.