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Derek and Joan Simpson celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
8:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A YORK couple who met at a wedding in the 1950s are today celebrating their own diamond anniversary.
Derek Simpson, now 85, met future wife Joan, 82, when she was a bridesmaid to her friend Sylvia, who was Derek’s cousin.
They married three years later on September 5, 1953, in St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Dunnington, with a reception at the Creamery Restaurant in Pavement, in what is now a branch of Pizza Hut.
They set up home in Osbaldwick and had a daughter, Kay.
Joan continued to work at York’s Rowntree factory after her marriage and the birth of their daughter, while, Derek started working life at the Castle Garage before becoming an apprentice joiner and later joining the city’s university as a porter, until retiring in 1993.
The family later moved to Dunnington, where Kay lives closeby with her husband, Richard Fowler, and children Sam, 19, and Abby, 16.
Joan stopped work to help care for her grandchildren.
Joan said: “I used to like dancing and Derek used to play bowls, but it’s our family that is our hobby now.”
There is no special secret to their long and happy marriage, they said. “It’s just helping each other out and coping with the ups and downs together,” Joan said.
They are celebrating with a special lunch at the Grange Hotel.
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