Sheffield couple mark diamond anniversary

Peter and Joan Spinks from Nether edge who celebrate their Diamond Wedding on 22nd August
Peter and Joan Spinks from Nether edge who celebrate their Diamond Wedding on 22nd August
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A diamond couple born and bred in Sheffield have been reliving memories of their wedding day as they prepare to celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Peter and Joan Spinks, from Halfway, married on August 22, 1953, at Crookes Congregational Church on Springvale Road.

“It was a lovely sunny day, but I had to wait because the bride didn’t turn up on time...” said Peter, now 85.

Peter and 82-year-old Joan have lived in Sheffield all their lives. They say they have never needed, or wanted, to leave the city.

Both are now retired, but used to work as teachers and are regular churchgoers, which is how they met.

“We met at a church rally,” Joan said. “We both went down there with our separate churches. Peter spotted me and I spotted him and it all went from there.”

Three years later they were married. Now, 60 years and three children later, they are preparing to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

So what is the secret to a long and successful marriage such as theirs?

“Pick the right person in the first place,” Joan said. “And I think that not so much shared interests, but shared values, are important.”

Peter said: “We’ve always thought along the same lines. We consider ourselves to be very lucky. You have your ups and downs but we’ve not had anything too difficult for us to resolve.”

The couple are active members of the Central United Reformed Church on Norfolk Street and are keen gardeners, as well as enjoying playing bridge.

Their daughter, Helen Egan, said: “These days not so many people make it to 60 years, so I think that makes this anniversary extra special.

“They really, genuinely love each other and we have been very fortunate to have the good, stable upbringing they gave us.”

The couple plan to celebrate their sparkling occasion with their family and friends, and will also receive a visit from the Lord Mayor.