A Harpur Hill couple who spent their wedding night apart are still going strong after 65 years.
Today, Thursday October 6, marks 65 years of marriage for Thomas and Evelyn Smith who met in Fleetwood near Blackpool.
The pair were married in 1951 and have been each other’s comfort and companion over the years.
Thomas, 87, said: “We have laughed together and we have enjoyed life together.”
Their romance started when Thomas was in the army after his sister showed Evelyn a picture of him in uniform.
Evelyn said: “I can imagine being married to him’”
After coming out of the army, Thomas got a job at Hillhead Quarry which took him away from his home town.
He said: “Jobs were few and far between, you took what was given to you.
“We had been courting for a while and getting married was a joint decision when we knew I would be moving down here.”
Evelyn had previously visited a fortune teller who told her she would marry someone from across the water and as the couple were separated by the Wyre estuary it turned out to be true.
After the ceremony at St Peter’s Church, Fleetwood , Thomas returned to Buxton.
He said: “My father-in-law and brother-in-law took me to the train station and bundled me on a train with nothing but my suitcase and pillow as I had to get back to work.”
Evelyn, now 84, joined her new husband a few months later.
The great-grandparents share a love of dancing and caravan holidays although now enjoy coach holidays too.
Thomas added: “We have made our marriage work and it has been a very happy one.”
To mark their anniversary they are returning to St Peter’s Church for a blessing.