Dancing through 60 happy years

diamond wedding, Don and Renee Gregory, Fairfield
diamond wedding, Don and Renee Gregory, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD couple Don and Renée Gregory mark 60 years of happy marriage this weekend.

Mr and Mrs Gregory, of Cornwall Avenue, met at Buxton’s Cottage Hospital, where Renée was a trainee nurse and painter and decorator Don was working.

They married at St Giles church in Hartington on March 26, 1951 and moved to Cornwall Avenue shortly afterwards.

Mr Gregory, 81, was originally from Nottinghamshire but moved to Buxton after meeting Renée, while Mrs Gregory, 78, was born in Dukinfield and moved to the High Peak with her family when she was six years old.

They have three children, Jane, Judith and Paul, and two grandsons, Terry and Robert. The diamond couple are also great-grandparents.

Describing the key to their long marriage, Mr Gregory said: “We just get on so well. We don’t fall out or anything like that.”

Mr Gregory spent two years in Malaya during his national service with the medical corps. He spent nearly all of his working life as a painter and decorator except for ten years before he retired when he worked at ICI Tunstead.

Mrs Gregory worked in school meals at both Fairfield Infants School and Fairfield Endowed Junior School before moving to the kitchens at High Peak College.

The couple enjoy walking and used to enjoy going dancing three times a week. Mr Gregory was a keen gardener and used to grow and show chrysanthemums. He is also a talented artist and a member of Buxton and High Peak Art Society.

Mr and Mrs Gregory will celebrate Saturday’s milestone with a meal with family and friends.