Persistence – or as Arthur put it ‘being a bit of a pest’ – was how a marriage that has lasted 60 years started out, according to a Trowell couple.
Iris and Arthur Dickens celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday (August 29).
When they met as teenagers, Arthur was a farm worker in Shipley and Iris worked at Lewis’s hosiery factory at Ilkeston Junction.
Iris, 82, explained how Arthur, 80, had to put the hours in before the happy couple were wed back in 1953.
“Every time I went to the pictures, he was waiting outside,” she explained.
“I guess I was being a bit of a pest but it paid off!” said Arthur.
“It’s all about give and take – we have had ups and downs like everyone else but in the end you pull through,” he added.
After they were married at St John’s Church in Cavendish Road, the pair moved to Queen Elizabeth Way, Kirk Hallam.
Arthur joined the Royal Signals and they moved to Catterick barracks in North Yorkshire for five years.
“It was very strange I had never been away from home before,” said Iris.
They moved back to Larklands, where they lived for 41 years and Arthur started at Stanton Ironworks, before settling in Trowell 12 years ago.
The pair celebrated with a cruise on the River Trent last weekend and had a family gathering at their Roehampton Drive home on Thursday.
They have four children – Karen, Stuart, Christopher and Tracey, seven grandchildren – twins Heather and Sarah, Daniel, Ashley, Natalie, Janie and Stephanie, and great-grandaughter June, whose middle name is Iris after her great-grandmother.