Still the ‘perfect match’

Arthur and Margaret Morrow.
Arthur and Margaret Morrow.

A DIAMOND couple who met by chance at a war memorial are today celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Arthur and Margaret Morrow were married six decades ago today, on March 15, 1952, at All Saints Stranton, in Hartlepool.

Arthur and Margaret Morrow on their wedding day at All Saints Stranton, March 15, 1952.

Arthur and Margaret Morrow on their wedding day at All Saints Stranton, March 15, 1952.

And their loving family say they are still the “perfect couple”.

“They’re just the perfect match,” said their youngest daughter Debra O’Connor, 50. “They’ve just always been our mam and dad and always been there for us. I don’t recall them ever arguing.

“We’ve always been a really close family and it’s amazing that we’ve got this far.”

Margaret was born in Hartlepool in September 1931 and was one of four children, while Arthur – who was one of 15 siblings and was born in July 1930 in Aldershot, in Hampshire – moved to the town when he was around seven-years-old.

The lovebirds first saw each other with a chance meeting at the war memorial, in Victory Square, in the town centre of Hartlepool.

Debra, a higher level teaching assistant, who lives in the town centre of Hartlepool, said: “My mam was with her friend sitting down at the memorial, and my dad and his friends had been to a Pools match and were going through that way. They got talking and that was it, it went from there.”

The pair, who now live in the Park Road area, tied the knot and then lived with Arthur’s mother in Colwyn Road until they managed to buy their own house in Benson Street.

They went on to have four children, Terry Morrow, 59, a retired fitter from the West Park area, Beverley Burnett, 56, a legal secretary, who now lives in Essex, health secretary Wendy Leonard, 52, of the Wooler Road area, and Debra.

They also have four grandchildren, teacher Laura O’Connor, 25, Max Leonard, 23, a police officer, Sophie O’Connor, 20, a student at the University of Winchester, and Elliot Leonard, 19, who is working for a holiday firm in Australia.

Arthur spent most of his working life at ICI and retired as a foreman.

Margaret worked in the offices at Guthrie’s, a town lemonade-making firm, and then at Binns where she was a department manager.