A DIAMOND couple who met while out walking in the Peak District have gone the distance - and celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this month.
Fred Walford, aged 84, and his wife Dorothy, 82, met 67 years ago when Fred was out in the Fulwood countryside.
Fred said: “I was out walking with a couple of pals and saw these girls on Carr Bridge. When I saw Dorothy there was an instant attraction.”
Dorothy, who was celebrating her 15th birthday that day, said: “I think he was following some other girls but he took a shine to me and I took a shine to him and that was that.”
The couple went walking in Fulwood for their first date, but in those days Dorothy had to be home by 8pm.
They courted for three years and were married in 1951 at Fulwood Church.
Dorothy said: “We went to Ilfracombe for two weeks on our honeymoon and it rained almost the entire time - but we still went out walking.”
The pair, who are both big Sheffield Wednesday fans, started going to games in the 1950s - and are celebrating their anniversary on Thursday, August 18, at Hillsborough, with 20 family and friends.
The couple have two daughters, Anne and Hilarie, both in their 50s, who are also Owls fans.
Fred, a former heating and ventilation salesman, said having family close by is one reason for their marriage’s longevity - Hilarie lives next door, on Durmast Grove, Stannington, while Anne lives on Stannington Road.
Granddaughter Louise, 15, and step-granddaughter Rebecca, 26, also live in Sheffield.
Ever since the day they met, Fred and Dorothy have gone walking together regularly and still go up to Dam Flask on the bus.
Dorothy said: “I can’t believe it’s been 60 years. When I look back it seems enormous, but it’s flown by. We’ve had a wonderful life.”
Fred, who is originally from London but was sent to Sheffield in 1940 to avoid the bombing raids, said: “In the 67 years we’ve been together we’ve never fallen out for more than 15 minutes.”