Kenneth and Betty celebrate 60 years

Congratulations: Betty and Kenneth Jones marked 60 years.
Congratulations: Betty and Kenneth Jones marked 60 years.

A Wakefield couple celebrated their diamond wedding on holiday with family on the Yorkshire coast.

Kenneth and Betty Jones were married on May 31, 1958, and marked 60 years together at Reighton Gap near Filey.

Mr Jones said: “We ate, drank and our family gave us surprise after surprise.”

The couple were married at Flanshaw Chapel and lived in Lupset for 40 years before moving to Alverthorpe.

Mr Jones said: “In those days you got married for less than £45. You couldn’t have drinks in the schoolroom under the chapel either so we had to have lemonade. We went to Alverthorpe Working Men’s Club for a bit of a reception and that was it, no honeymoon, back to work.”

Mr Jones worked at the former Co-op dairy on Dewsbury Road and Mrs Jones at Sirdar in Flanshaw.

Mr Jones said: “The secret to a long and happy marriage is ‘yes, dear’! There’s no question about it.”

Mrs Jones said: “You have your ups and downs but you get through them. We’re very happy.”

The couple had five daughters Karen, Diane, Lynne, Denise and Debra, who died aged 47, six grandchildren Brett, Grant Daniel, Lauren, Bethan, and St