Summertime romance leads to diamond day

Jack and Christine Collier, from West Ayton, who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. 5th April 2016. 161504c Picture: Ceri Oakes
Jack and Christine Collier, from West Ayton, who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. 5th April 2016. 161504c Picture: Ceri Oakes

A former Scarborough deputy headteacher and her husband are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage together.

Christine Collier, 82, and husband Jack Collier, 87, of West Ayton, met on a “blind date” in July 1953 while Mrs Collier was studying at college in Hull.

Jack and Christine Collier, from West Ayton, on their wedding day 60 years ago in North Cave. 5th April 2016. 161504a Picture: Ceri Oakes

Jack and Christine Collier, from West Ayton, on their wedding day 60 years ago in North Cave. 5th April 2016. 161504a Picture: Ceri Oakes

Mrs Collier took a job working in the holiday homes in Scarborough, where their friendship continued over the summer. The couple married three years later on March 31, 1956, at All Saints Church in North Cave, where Mrs Collier was born.

After a short spell as a teacher in Hull and a supply teacher in Scarborough following their marriage, Mrs Collier started work at East Ayton Primary School in 1960.

She stayed there for 30 years, working her way up to the position of deputy headteacher before taking early retirement.

Mr Collier, who was born in Scarborough, worked as a compositor at Wrights and then Whitehead Press from 1947 to 1993. During his time at Wrights, he was responsible for printing cricket scorecards, a job for which he would go on to be awarded life membership of Scarborough Cricket Club.

The diamond couple have celebrated with a series of meals with their son and his wife, who travelled to Scarborough from their home on Guernsey for a short break.

When asked what the secret to a happy marriage was, Mrs Collier said: “Just be friends all the time. We have done everything together, including dancing and sports such as motor rallying, badminton, bowls and indoor rifle shooting. We only do bowls occasionally now.” She also advised young couples to “never go to bed on a quarrel”.