Couple who fell in love on the dance floor celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss

Diamond wedding, Derek and Marjorie Gummersall, Tunstead Milton,
Diamond wedding, Derek and Marjorie Gummersall, Tunstead Milton,

A couple who fell in love on the dance floor have celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss.

Derek and Marjorie Gummersall, aged 84 and 82 respectively, of Tunstead Milton, married on November 12, 1955.

They have one daughter together, Nicole, and two grandson’s, Gavin and Craig.

On the day of the anniversary, the couple will be having a small party with close friends and family at home.

They have invited friends and family to a big Diamond anniversary bash in Whaley Bridge later this month.

Speaking of the start of their relationship, Marjorie said: “We started going out at a Coronation dance in Ashton-under-Lyne, where we used to live. Derek asked me if I would like to join him for a coffee, which I did.

“While we were drinking some old time music came on. I asked Derek if he’d like to dance and he said he did not do old time.

“But I talked him round and had just about taught him the moves, when the music suddenly stopped.

“The spotlight was shining on us and we had won a spot prize.

“After that we started going out and here we are now, still together, all these years later.”

In their early days together, Derek worked as an engineer and Marjorie was a secretary in the magistrates’ court.

They moved to Whaley Bridge in December 1972 and took over The Cock Inn pub.

The couple kept the pub for 19 years, until retiring.

Marjorie said the secret to a good marriage is ‘give and take’.