Diamond day for Brid couple

Diamond wedding'Diamond Wedding couple Geoffrey and Betty Carter.'Picture by Neil Silk  114110a'10/10/11
Diamond wedding'Diamond Wedding couple Geoffrey and Betty Carter.'Picture by Neil Silk 114110a'10/10/11

A TRUE Bridlington couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

After a meeting at a Spa tea dance in 1948, Geoffrey and Betty Carter have been together ever since.

Diamond wedding'Diamond Wedding couple Geoffrey and Betty Carter on their wedding day'Picture by Neil Silk  114110b'10/10/11

Diamond wedding'Diamond Wedding couple Geoffrey and Betty Carter on their wedding day'Picture by Neil Silk 114110b'10/10/11

Mr and Mrs Carter, of Cranbeck Close, celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 18, marking a diamond life together. The pair, both from Bridlington, knew each other as youngsters but became a couple when Geoffrey returned on leave from National Service and met Betty at the tea dance.

Both Geoffrey and Betty are from well known Bridlington families, Geoffrey the son of Charles Carter who was steward on the Hull boat “The Yorkshireman” which visited Bridlington every year from the 1920s to the 1950s, while Betty is the daughter of Harold Gofton, former band master of the Bridlington Excelsior Brass Band.

The couple were married at Priory Church in 1951 and have two daughters, June and Jeanette, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

When asked what the secret to their longevity was, Betty, 84, said: “I don’t know if there is a secret, but if we have a disagreement, we always talk it through. We just know each other so well.”

Geoffrey, 85, who received the Queen’s medal and clasp for 35 years service as a member of the Coastguard Search and Rescue Auxilliaries, said: “I don’t think there is a formula.

“We enjoy going together to local village events and we enjoy the same type of things.”

Mr and Mrs Carter celebrated their anniversary on Sunday with family.