Golden couple set to celebrate anniversary

Golden Wedding couple Val and Mal Trott.Picture Richard Ponter 122921

Golden Wedding couple Val and Mal Trott.Picture Richard Ponter 122921

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A couple who walked down the aisle 50 years ago at St Laurence’s Church in Scalby are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Val and Mal Trott are both from Scarborough and now live in Barrow upon Soar in Leicestershire.

Val is the eldest daughter of Dora and Charles Coates, who were known for running a building firm in Scarborough.

Mal is the son of Eric and Kathleen Trott, and was a familiar face on Scarborough’s music and entertainment scene from a young age.

From when he was just seven years old, Mal would go round the local hotels doing puppet shows for visitors.

His act was well receieved and to his knowledege, Mal was the only young puppeteer doing this kind of act at the time.

He was also a musician and would play at the Olympia with the Geoff Laycock Band and Fred Percival.

Mal was also a regular at the summer seasons at Butlins, playing gigs when he was on holiday from Scarborough Art School.

He continued his education in London and went on to become a teacher, starting his career in Nottingham.

Mal later becoming head of design at a school in Leicestershire.

When the couple lived in Scarborough, Val had her own hairdressing business at Station Shops in Westborough and continued hairdressing after the pair moved away.

They went on to have two children, Susie, who lives in Nottingham, and Stuart, who lives in Hampshire.

Val and Mal are now also proud grandparents to four grandchildren.

To celebrate their Golden Wedding, the couple will be going to a restaurant for lunch with family and friends, with an 18-stong group expected to attend the celebration.