Happy as ever 65 years after they walked down the aisle

Wedding anniversary 'Jim and Muriel Starling who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary'Picture by Neil Silk 123206a'06/08/12
Wedding anniversary 'Jim and Muriel Starling who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary'Picture by Neil Silk 123206a'06/08/12

A Scarborough couple who first set eyes on each other at primary school are today celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

Jim and Muriel Starling, of Edge Dell, got together 12 years later after a chance meeting at a youth club, and two years on they were married.

Following thier big day in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, the couple, who are both 85, honeymooned in Morecambe.

Mrs Starling made soldier’s uniforms and boiler suits in a factory at the start of her working life, while Mr Starling worked as a surveyor and stayed in the profession for 30 years.

Eventually the couple moved their growing family to Scarborough, where they have lived ever since, and bought a fish and chip shop in Auborough Street.

They ran it for about five years and Mr Starling’s involvement in the fishing industry grew until he suffered a heart attack.

He then bought pet shops in Victoria Road and Castle Road in Scarborough and the shop in Union Street.

Mr Starling continued to work part-time at the shop up until fairly recently and has now retired.

The couple have six children, Yvonne, Jim, Nick, Kathy and twins Patsy and Lindsey, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

For their golden wedding anniversary, their children treated them to a three-week Caribbean cruise, which Mr Starling said was “fantastic -like a different world”.

The couple have always enjoyed travelling, and Mr Starling said that wherever he needed to go for work, his wife was always happy to go with him.

In his free time, Mr Starling has always enjoyed sport and used to play hockey and cricket. He has also always been a keen gardener.

Mrs Starling’s hobbies include knitting and puzzles.

The pair are delighted to be celebrating their 65th anniversary and are looking forward to a family get-together this weekend.

Mr Starling said: “It feels incredible - I can hardly believe it.

“I was an innocent boy of 20 when my wife collared me!

“She’s looked after me all these years and we’ve had a big family.

“That’s what I like best - having the family around me.”

And what is the couple’s secret for a long, happy marriage?

According to Mr Starling, it’s tolerance, give and take, and enjoying yourselves.