Fellow Chilton couple George and Joyce Colledge were also married on the same day fifty years ago, making it a double diamond celebration in the village.
Derek and Olive met at the Chilton branch of the Co-op through Derek’s sister Maureen, who worked with Olive at the local store.
Derek, 84, was a pitman and worked at Fishburn Colliery after leaving school. After being married at St. Luke’s Church in Ferryhill, he later worked for the NCB and then Smart & Brown in Spennymoor before a ten year stint at Tor Paints in Birtley.
Olive, 81, worked at GEC in Aycliffe and has also been a home help. Her main employment was at Electrolux however, where she worked for 25 years.
Very much a Chilton couple, they first lived on Dean Terrace, then Coronation Road before moving to their current home in Rosewood in 1982.
The couple love watching football and darts on television and have enjoyed many caravanning holidays together. They enjoy the freedom of the country walks that their holidays bring, and how – at least in normal times – it also affords them to be able to visit family who don’t live locally.
Derek and Olive have three children – Pauline, Trevor and Linda – and have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
With the pandemic restricting contact, the couple have had a quieter celebration than the family had originally planned, but no less joyful for it, having an afternoon tea delivered and of course, receiving a congratulatory card from the Queen.