It’s celebration time for Ilkeston couple

len and betty holmes diamond wedding
len and betty holmes diamond wedding

an ILKESTON couple who met and were married in the town celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Len and Betty Holmes met in the Premier Ballroom on Market Street more than 60 years ago.

NILALM110301E1 - Ilkeston, Betty and Len Holmes diamond wedding.

NILALM110301E1 - Ilkeston, Betty and Len Holmes diamond wedding.

After a couple of years together they pair decided to get wed.

Mrs Holmes, 84, said: “We were just talking one day and we both sort of said let’s get married.”

Mr Holmes, 86, said: “I didn’t go down on one knee we just decided and that was that, we started planning.”

Sixty years after their wedding day on March 3 1951 the couple have two daughters, Lynne and Wendy and two granchildren, Rachel and Craig.

They said the secret to a long and happy marriage was to always be there for each other and help each other.

Len, a former Raleigh worker, added: “I always say yes to her as well, that helps.”

The couple were married at the old Ilkeston Registry Office on the Market Place, which is now the Queen’s Counsel pub.

They had their reception at the Liberal club.

Mrs Holmes, who worked for a Sandiacre lace company, said: “We went in the old registrars the other day for dinner and we were saying to them we were married in here.

“It’s nice to go back there and say that.

“They say your wedding day’s the best of your life and it is.

“We still like to remember it now, it was a lovely sunny day and everyone was there.”

The couple will celebrate the anniversary with a family lunch on Sunday at Horseley Lodge.