Party cel­e­brates 60 years of mar­riage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By TARA DUN­DON

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.”


Pic­tures: PAUL FRANKS.

(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).

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