It was love at first sight for Peggy and Albie Trenham, who were married 60 years ago today.
The pair, who now live in Cornelian Drive, met at a dance in the next village along from their home in Askern, near Doncaster.
Peggy, 80, recalls seeing Albie for the first time, saying: “He’d just come back from Africa and he was tanned and had lovely white teeth.
“It was love at first sight. We started courting and for three years we saw each other practically every day.”
Albie, 83, added: “We hit it off straight away.”
He said he had been serving in the Army between Mombasa and Nairobi, building an Army base for the next war.
During their courtship, the couple started cycling together, enjoying many trips away and days out.
The pair would even cycle to Scarborough from Doncaster for days out, then cycle home again.
Albie, who worked as a plumber, would cycle 46 miles to work, do a day’s plumbing, and cycle home again.
He used to take part in hill climbs and track racing and on one occasion in the early 1950s, came second to world champion cyclist Reg Harris.
After Peggy and Albie were married at St Peter’s Church in Askern, they settled in the area and went on to have two sons and four daughters.
They started a fish and chip shop business in South Kirkby, near Barnsley, and later came to Scarborough to start a similar business here.
The couple had about 10 fish and chip shops throughout their working life, including ones in Aberdeen Walk, Royal Crescent Lane and High Street, Eastfield.
When Peggy retired, Albie kept on working, both as a plumber and also helping out at his son Michael’s garage, which used to be in Wrea Lane and is now in Salisbury Street.
He finally retired aged 70 and started to take things a little easier.
The couple enjoy socialising and still go out and see friends a couple of times a week.
They also spend plenty of time with their six children, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, who all live locally, no further away than York.
To celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary, the family threw a party for them last weekend, and they will be having people round today.
And when asked about the key to a long and happy marriage, Peggy replied: “Sharing and caring is the secret. And no going to bed on an argument.
“Also, you’ve got to laugh at everything and stay happy.”