Sir and Miss’s diamond years

Harry and Thelma Archbold.
Harry and Thelma Archbold.

A FORMER Hartlepool teacher and his wife who met while working at school have looked back at 60 years of wedded bliss.

Harry and Thelma Archbold met in 1950 when, after finishing National Service, Harry was looking round Baltic Street School, where he was to take up a teaching post and where Thelma was secretary.

After two years of courting, Harry, from Blackhall, and Thelma, nee Boast, a Hartlepool girl, were married at Hartlepool’s St Luke’s Church, on October 26, 1953.

Harry, now 84, went on to teach at Horden Boys Modern Secondary School, then Wellfield Grammar School, in Wingate, and then got a headship at Hesleden Mixed Junior School, before becoming head of Blackhall Mixed Junior School, where he retired in 1984, almost 50 years after starting their as a boy.

Thelma, 82, went on to work for West Hartlepool Government Inland Revenue before her son, David, was born in 1956, followed by daughter Janet Lodge in 1958.

Harry, who played for Blackhall Cricket Club for 40 years, and Thelma, who live in Blackhall and have five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, celebrated their milestone with family and friends at Blackhall Methodist Church Hall on Saturday and also received a telegram from the Queen.

Harry said the secret to a long and happy marriage was “just keeping family together”.