A DIAMOND couple celebrated their wedding anniversary yesterday – 60 years after meeting on a farm in Elwick village.
Ingram Hutchinson was working on his family-run High Stotfold Farm, in Elwick, where he grew up, when he met Evelyn Winnard, who was serving in the land army during the Second World War.
The loving couple married in Gateshead, where Evelyn was born and grew up, and have since enjoyed 60 happy years together.
And fittingly in a week of Diamond celebrations, the 89-year-old couple celebrated yesterday with family and friends at Four Winds Care Home, in Hartlepool’s Elwick Road, where they now live.
Their only child, Lyn Leak, 58, said: “They are both such lovely people, they have a lot in common and they have always been so close.
“It’s a fantastic achievement, I’m delighted for them.”
After their marriage in 1952, Ingram, who has always worked as a farmer, and seamstress Evelyn moved to Dalton Piercy before moving on to Elwick village in later years.
As well as working hard, Ingram also enjoyed playing cricket in his earlier years and spent a lot of time fishing, whereas Evelyn liked nothing more than meeting friends for lunch and a catch up.
Lyn, who now lives in Middleton Teesdale with her husband Rob, 52, a self-employed electrician, said there has been no real secret to her parents long and successful marriage.
“I don’t really know why their marriage has been so successful, there’s no secret, I guess you just have to work together which they have always done.
“They enjoy a lot of the same things, my dad used to keep his own chickens and my mum used to really enjoy looking after them.”
Evelyn moved into Four Winds Care Home, in Hartlepool, around three years ago and Ingram joined her there last year.
Lyn organised a surprise party for her parents at the care home yesterday.
“It was too big an occasion not to celebrate,” added Lyn.
“We all had a fantastic day.”