Sheila and Bill toast 60 years of marriage

Diamond wedding, Sheila and Bill Newton, Matlock
Diamond wedding, Sheila and Bill Newton, Matlock

A Derbyshire Dales couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary - and insist that keeping busy is the real secret to a long and happy marriage.

Sheila and Bill Newton, of Matlock, toasted 60 years of marriage on April 2.

Sheila, 80, says that their first meeting was in the pictures - although she cannot recall the particular flick they were watching.

“We met in the pictures, when they used to be on Dale Road,” recalled Sheila.

“I can’t remember what film it was though!”

Despite that hazy memory, she insists that the following six decades have brought plenty of happy times - but she doesn’t necessarily think there’s any secret to the longevity.

She said: “I don’t know what the secret is to be honest or if there is one.

“But we had four children so I guess they kept us busy.”

During their working lives, Bill worked as a signalman on the railway whilst Sheila worked at the county offices in Derby.

The pair lived in Winster for seven years before moving to a new home in Tansley - where they spent the next 50 years.

The couple have two sons, John, 58, David, 53, and two daughters, Jayne, 56, and Diane, 47, with seven grand-children and one great-grandchild.

To celebrate the landmark occasion Sheila and Bill, 84, were joined by family and friends who enjoyed the day with them.

Sheila added: “27 people came for tea and cake.

“There was family and friends and it went very well on the day.

“Everyone really enjoyed it and we all had a lovely afternoon.”

To follow up the celebrations, Sheila says that the whole family are heading off on a trip away to Herefordshire.

Eldest son John is travelling from the United States and grandson James is venturing from his home in France to join in with the trip.