DID FATE play a part in bringing together a Buxton couple who this week celebrate 60 years of marriage?
Thomas and Evelyn Smith, of Harris Road, Harpur Hill, marked their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday with a family gathering.
And it was a love match predicted by a fortune-telling gypsy.
Evelyn, from Fleetwood, originally met Thomas, who lived across the Wyre estuary at nearby Knott End-on-Sea, while he was on leave from the Army.
She said: “I went to a gypsy and had a cup reading, and they said I was going to meet somebody over the water. As it turned out, he was just a short ferry journey away.”
The couple, who have two daughters, Carol and Patricia, as well as four granddaughters and three great-grandchildren, married at St Peter’s C of E Church in Fleetwood, and moved to Buxton the same day.
After serving as a private in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Thomas, 83, worked briefly at Fleetwood docks before continuing his army trade, qualifying as a maintenance fitter and working at Hillhead Quarry and ICI Tunstead, eventually retiring from the latter as fire security officer.
Evelyn, 79, worked for 23 years at High Peak College, firstly as a storeperson and then as a catering technician.
The couple’s hobbies over the years have included DIY, crafts, gardening, caravanning holidays and walks. Until last year, Thomas was a second tenor with Tideswell Male Voice Choir for 19 years.
And their secret for a happy marriage? “Just give and take,” added Evelyn. “You all have your problems, but it’s not too bad if you face them together.”