Diamond couple celebrate 60 happy years of marriage

Diamond Wedding'Tom and Peggy Ballinger of Filey who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.'Picture by Neil Silk  123619a'04/09/12

Diamond Wedding'Tom and Peggy Ballinger of Filey who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.'Picture by Neil Silk 123619a'04/09/12

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A Filey couple who met, fell in love and married within six months are today celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

Tom and Peggy Ballinger, of Chevin Drive, met in March 1952 in the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich.

Tom, who was in the army, was a patient and Peggy was a member of staff.

They married in the September at St Andrew’s Church in Clubmoor, a suburb of Liverpool.

After the wedding the couple settled in Liverpool, which is where Tom is from originally.

They lived in his family home until they moved to Filey in 1990.

Tom worked as a manager in the building trade and Peggy was an official in a girls’ remand home.

The couple had two daughters, Linda and Susan, and now have five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Susan lives in Filey and Linda lives in Dronfield, Derbyshire, and the family see each other as often as possible.

Tom and Peggy decided to move to Filey after many happy holidays and weekends away in this area.

Tom explained: “We came here once for a weekend and ended up staying the week!

“We fell in love with the place and would come over regularly.

“The place grew on us and we decided to retire here.”

The couple bought a bungalow in 1982 and retired to the town 12 years ago.

Tom said: “We like everything about it - the people, the location. We couldn’t go back and live in a city now.”

In their free time, the pair used to enjoy going to watch the motorbike racing at Oliver’s Mount.

They both learnt to swim later in life - Tom at the age of 69 - and have enjoyed swimming since then.

Tom is a keen on photography and Peggy enjoys sewing and knitting.

To celebrate their 60th anniversary they are going on a cruise to Norway, with a family meal when they get back.”