60 years has been a stroll

Reflecting on a life together: Diamond wedding anniversary couple George and Dinah Whittingham at home in Parton Street in the town.
Reflecting on a life together: Diamond wedding anniversary couple George and Dinah Whittingham at home in Parton Street in the town.

THE sands of time have been good to a diamond couple who fell in love after a romantic walk on the beach.

George and Dinah Whittingham strolled along Seaton Carew in 1949, and tied the knot two years later.

Today, they are celebrating 60 years of marriage with their family of five sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Dinah, 81, said: “All those years ago people didn’t go to the cinema or things like that. They would go for walks down Seaton. George had just come out of the Army and we met and went for a stroll, and that was it.”

They wed on a rainy October 27 in 1951 at St Paul’s Church, in Grange Road, Hartlepool.

But Dinah and George, 82, who live in Parton Street, Hartlepool, say they hardly noticed the miserable weather during the “lovely day”. George worked as a scaffolder but has spent most of his life driving buses.

Dinah worked at the Cerebos factory in Greatham before turning her hand to domestic cleaning. She enjoyed it so much she was 77 before she retired.

They are parents to Brian, 57, Stephen, 55, Paul, 54, Sharon, 42, and Brenda Batt, 52.

Dinah, whose maiden name was Ralton, added: “We have had a really good life. We’ve had our ups and down like everyone and we have a lovely family, that’s the main thing.

“The secret to our marriage has been being able to give and take, if you have an argument, make up and take care of each other.”

The couple are expecting plenty of visitors today, and recently enjoyed a trip to Blackpool to mark their anniversary.