Bridlington couple celebrate diamond wedding

Joyce and James Walton.
Joyce and James Walton.

A COUPLE celebrated 60 years of marriage and offered some advice to newly wedded couples.

“Working together you have got to do or else it won’t work,” said James Walton, 81, of Byass Avenue, Bridlington. Mr Walton met his wife, Joyce, 80, after they had been at the same school for a number of years, through a friend.

Joyce said: “I had a friend who wanted to go out with his friend so we used to walk to the railway station to see him, and James was always there.”

The couple, originally from Pudsey, West Yorkshire, spent five years together before they were married at Guiseley registry office, on September 27, 1952.

Joyce said: “We have always worked together. Whenever we were both working, the first one to get home would start the tea.

“You just do not feel any older, the years just fly away.”

Having visited Bridlington many times on holiday, James and Joyce retired to the town 17 years ago. They have three sons and one daughter; 14 grandchildren and 19 

A party, attended by family and friends, was held to celebrate the milestone at Seabirds restaurant, Fortyfoot.