Seven decades of wedded bliss

High Peak couple Simeon and Joyce Rogers have celebrated an incredible milestone - their 70th wedding anniversary.

Having met at a wartime dance at New Mills Town Hall, Mr and Mrs Rogers were married at Taxal Church on September 18 1943. At the time, Mr Rogers was serving in the army and managed to secure 72 hours leave to get married. But after a nightmare journey on the Friday evening, he only made it back to New Mills just hours before the ceremony. The couple’s wedding reception was afternoon tea provided by Joyce’s mother, who had saved some of the family’s rationed food, and their honeymoon was spent at Simeon’s mothers, before he had to return to camp.

Mr and Mrs Rogers went on to have daughter Denise and son Trevor, and now also enjoy spending time with grandchildren Ben, Matthew, Anna and Megan and their nine great-grandchildren.

After leaving the armed forces, Mr Rogers returned to his old job at JJ Hadfield’s Garrison Bleach and Dye works until it closed, when he moved to Dorma in Chinley. He retired in 1989 after 51 years with both units, where he held managerial positions.

During the war, Mrs Rogers worked as a weaver at the Goyt Mill, Whaley Bridge, and has also had other jobs, including at Dorma.

Mr Rogers was elected to serve on New Mills Council during his time at the Garrison works, creating a record of three years with 100 per cent attendance.

The couple have lived on Batemill Road, Birch Vale, since 1946, with Mr Rogers having spent almost all of his life on the same street.

A keen poet, Mr Rogers has had many poems displayed in New Mills Library, and also had some of his work made into a book. He was also a keen bowler, being a member of the New Mills Trades Hall crown green bowling club for several years before joining the Birch Hall bowling club.

Mrs Rogers is a talented artist, who was chosen as Artist of the Year at the Buxton and High Peak Art Society exhibition in 2012.

Describing the key to their long marriage, Mr Rogers said: “Love and trust. You’ve just got to believe marriage is for life. We’ve been lucky enough to have a lovely family as well.”

And Mrs Rogers added: “I think you need a sense of humour in a marriage as well.”

The couple marked the occasion with family celebrations.