Sheffield childhood sweethearts celebrate diamond day

Celebrating their diamond wedding Dorothy and Robert Severns at their home in Southey Green
Celebrating their diamond wedding Dorothy and Robert Severns at their home in Southey Green
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A DIAMOND wedding couple are today returning from a three week holiday in Florida to mark 60 years of marriage.

Robert and Dorothy Severns were married at Wadsley Parish Church on March 21, 1953.

The couple, of Southey Crescent, Southey Green, met when they were just children at a party in 1947, a time they have found memories of.

“When we started courting we used to go to the Hillsborough Park Cinema, but we used to have to get someone to buy us a ticket to watch the films because were weren’t old enough,” said Robert, aged 82.

“We also had to be home by 10, so we didn’t get to see the end of some of the films,” added Dorothy, 79. “There were rules in those days. I had to be home by 10 and you daren’t be late.”

The couple have two children, Alan, 55, of Barnsley, and Christine, 49, who lives in Somerset, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Robert, a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder for 68-years, said having family in the South West had led to a spot of footballing rivalry.

“My grandchilden who live down there, Andrew and Alexander, are both Bristol City fans,” said Robert, who left school at 14 to be a latherer in a barbershop, before embarking on a 42-year career at Marshall’s Refractories after a two year stint in the RAF.

Dorothy, who worked for Arthur Davy and Son and later worked as a magistrate for 25 years, had advice for couples.

“You’ve got to work at it,” added Dorothy. “It’s not easy, but it does get easier.”

The couple will visit nearby St Leonard’s Church on Sunday to have their wedding blessed.