Diamond day for couple

NILABE120319e1, Diamond wedding anniversary, Joan and Derek Atkins, Nelson Street, Ilkeston.
NILABE120319e1, Diamond wedding anniversary, Joan and Derek Atkins, Nelson Street, Ilkeston.
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A COTMANHAY couple are celebrating their diamond wedding today.

Derek and Joan Atkins, both 78, met when they both worked at Raleigh.

NILABE120319e3, Diamond wedding anniversary, Joan and Derek Atkins, Nelson Street, Ilkeston.

NILABE120319e3, Diamond wedding anniversary, Joan and Derek Atkins, Nelson Street, Ilkeston.

Derek, an operator at Raleigh, said: “I think I asked her out and then didn’t turn up the first time.”

Joan, who worked in the office, added: “We met at work and our first date was at the pictures, King’s Cinema it was. We had a lovely time.”

After a year together they decided to get married when Derek was called up for the army.

He went on duty in January and the couple tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Church in Cotmanhay when he was home on his first leave in March.

Joan said: “It was a lovely day, really windy but we had a great day.”

The pair, who now live on Nelson Street, used to live on Richmond Avenue.

They have three sons, David, Robert and Andrew, three grandaughters and a grandson and a great grandson.

A family meal on Saturday will help the couple mark the occasion.

“Looking after one another and taking care of each other is what makes it work,” said Derek.

“And we enjoy a good game of bingo together as well,” added Joan.