WHEN Terry and Brenda Kelly’s teenage eyes first met across a crowded pottery works they had no idea it would lead to a lifetime of love.
But the diamond sweethearts are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary thanks to meeting at Pearson’s Pottery in Chesterfield.
Terry was a packer, and Brenda a sorter, when they found each other at the tender age of 16.
Terry, now 80, said: “We became friends and started going out after I asked her - it just happened from there really.
“She stayed with the firm and although I moved on, ending up working at Sheepbridge Engineering for 41 years, we still kept going out.
“We’ve always pulled together and looked after each other - pulling together is probably the secret to a long and happy marriage.”
The couple married at St Mary’s Church in Unstone, near Dronfield, on December 20, 1952.
After lodging with Brenda’s sister for a few years, they finally found their dream home on Loundes Road - and have stayed there ever since.
Both enjoyed the cinema and were frequent visitors to the Sheffield Empire, as well as going on holiday.
They have one son Darren, aged 51, and took the unusual step of celebrating their anniversary six months early, before a telegram from the Queen had even arrived.
Former keen Peak District walker Terry added: “We did it in July because with the anniversary being near Christmas it can be difficult to get anywhere.
“All the family came along. We had a party at the Horse and Jockey pub in Unstone and it was on my wife’s 81st birthday as well, so it was a lovely celebration. The Queen also sent us a telegram saying congratulations later on.”