Diamond day for Hayfield couple

David and Jean Ashby of Hayfield who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
David and Jean Ashby of Hayfield who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

A Hayfield couple are celebrating six decades of wedded bliss today (Thursday).

David and Jean Ashby met while working in the offices at Ferodo in Chapel-en-le-Frith and were married at Trinity Church in Whaley Bridge on March 26, 1955.

They went on to have three children, Neil, Stephen and Elaine and now also have six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

After leaving Ferodo, David went on to work as a driver for the borough council before having to retire early through ill-health. Jean worked at Three Shires confectioners in Buxton, before moving on to work in bakehouses in Glossop.

The couple later opened an antiques shop in Whaley Bridge, which they owned and managed for more than 20 years.

In his younger years, David was a keen sportsman and played football for Buxworth and Chinley. He also kept racing pigeons for ten years and won several prizes. He has long enjoyed watching football, particularly Manchester City, and now watches them on TV as he is unable to get to their matches.

He was also captain of the darts team at the Beehive in Chapel.

Jean’s hobbies include walking with the couple’s dog and spending time with her family.

The couple are planning to celebrate the milestone with a family meal.

Revealing the key to their long and happy marriage, Jean said: “I’ve always let David be the boss and make the decisions. I usually always get what I want in the end and get my own way bit it’s more peaceful that way.”

She added: “We haven’t had many arguments in our married life, I don’t think we’ve had more than half a dozen in 60 years.”