Party celebrates 60 years of marriage
A COUPLE who were united by chance when their elder siblings started courting are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Doris and Norman Skingsley were just 10 and 11 when they first locked eyes and begun a blossoming friendship.
They would play at each other’s houses – Norman lived in Lincoln Road and Doris in Thistlemoor Road – while Doris’s eldest sister Joan and Norman’s eldest brother Ray were courting.
And, when their siblings tied the knot six years later, Doris and Norman began ‘stepping out’ themselves.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Torquay then moved to a home in Lister Road.
Norman (82), of Little Close, Eye, near Peterborough, said: “We had a big white wedding at St Paul’s Church in Lincoln Road on June 17, 1950. We were very young but we were in love.”
Doris worked at Baker Perkins as a clerk, while Norman was in the army from the age of 18 until he was 22. He too then went to work as an apprentice turn- er at Baker Perkins.
He later moved to the General Post Office which went on to become British Telecom. Norman spent 37 years working on underground cables there before retiring.
The couple had three sons, Andrew, Robert and Stuart. They also have seven granddaughters, aged between six and 26.
They celebrated their wedding anniversary with a family party at their home over the weekend.
Norman said the highlight of their marriage was having grandchildren. He said: “Our marriage has been successful and long lasting because I picked the right woman - my Doris.”
Doris (81) said the secret to a happy marriage was falling in love.
She said: “Norman has always been a very kind and gentle man. We have had a lovely marriage and I wouldn’t change a thing.
“Our family are close and we feel complete now we have seven grandchildren.
“Hopefully we will be around to meet our greatgrandchildren.”
(top) Doris and Norman Skingsley celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary; (left) on their wedding day and (far left) they celebrate with family and friends. (METP19-06-10PF505).