There have been smiles all round for two Beverley couples who have celebrated landmark diamond wedding anniversaries in recent weeks.
Jim and Ester Hardy and Ronald and Hilda Frankish, have all reached their milestone 60th wedding anniversaries in recent weeks, with friends and family on hand to offer their congratulations.
Jim and Ester Hardy, both 82, married on 25 July 1953 in Beverley Minster after courting for seven years, their wedding appearing in Green’s Almanac.
The couple, who are both from Beverley met in the town after being introduced by a mutual friend.
After their honeymoon in Kendal, the couple settled down to married life with Jim working at a tannery and then as a civil engineer and Ester Working as a dinnerlady at Walkergate and Longcroft Schools.
Jim and Ester have two sons James, 57, and Stuart, 49, who both came to a special anniversary celebration at the Light Dragoon pub in Etton with Jim and Ester’s grandchildren Christopher, Emma, Vikki and Sophie, along with other friends and family.
Jim said: “I think the secret to a long happy marriage is having your arguments and getting over them, we used to sulk a little bit more when we were younger.
“Marrying Ester is definitely the best thing I have ever done.
“When you are younger it’s easier to make mistakes, but Ester has always been there to keep me on the straight and narrow.”
Hilda and Ronald Frankish married on the 8 August 1953 at St Jude’s Church on Spring Bank in Hull on a hot summer day.
During their working lives Hilda worked at the Armstrong Patents Factory in Beverley and the Post Office, while Ronald worked at as a mechanic at Gordon Armstrong on North Bar throughout his career.
To celebrate their special anniversary, Hilda and Ronald had a get together with friends and family at the Millhouse in Skidby.
The couple have a son, Keith who was on hand with his wife Linda to help celebrate his parents anniversary.
Ronald said: “We have had a very happy married life.
“We just help each other along all the time.
“We’ve been married for so long but the years go by and just catch up on you.”