THE SECRET to a long and happy marriage is a morning cup of tea and listening to each other according to a Kirk Hallam couple who celebrate sixty years of wedded life this week.
Harold, known as Pip, 82, and Brenda Orton, 80, marked the occasion with a party at the New Manor Ground and had more than 60 cards up on display from family and friends as well as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.
“I took her down to the canal at Long Eaton and asked her to marry me,” Pip recalled.
“I said yes after a few weeks thinking about it, I had to take my time to decide,” Brenda replied.
The couple, of Eliot Drive, Kirk Hallam had a visit from the Mayor of Erewash Cllr Kevin Miller and his wife, the Mayoress, Jill.
They presented an Erewash borough vase to the pair to mark the occasion and listened as Mr and Mrs Orton shared stories of their time together.
The diamond duo had three children, Pam, Colin and Gail who passed away in 1985.
They have six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
But the wedding nearly didn’t go ahead as Brenda, who worked at Rutland Garments, explained: “We laugh about it now and neither of us can remember why but on the way to put our bands in we had a massive row and I wanted to go and cancel it all.”
She added: “You don’t have time to argue when you’re old and he makes the first tea every morning, I say I will but he always does.”
Pip said: “That’s the secret, breakfast in bed.”