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Derek and Dorothy Atkin celebrate 60th wedding anniversary
9:15am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A YORKSHIRE couple who fit together “like two halves of one whole” have celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Derek and Dorothy Atkin married in Bridlington in 1953, two years after their first meeting was engineered by their friends.
Dorothy was an 18-year-old chambermaid in one of the resort’s hotels, and set off for a trip to the pictures not realising her friend was planning to meet Derek’s brother and had set the other couple up.
Derek was waiting at the bus stop, and although Dorothy turned him down to begin with, his persistence paid off and eventually she agreed to go out with him. They got engaged a year later.
They first set up home in Bridlington, before moving to their current home in Appleton Roebuck in 1963.
“It’s just been a wonderful 60 years. We fit together instantly. Nobody could have been happier,” Dorothy said.
The couple, both 80, have two daughters, two granddaughters, one grandson and two great grandchildren, and say their marriage has lasted because they have never taken each other for granted.
“We have always been polite. If one of us does something for the other, we always say thank you.”
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