Diamond day for couple

Diamond wedding of Duncan and Dorothy Brown. (d10051114)
Diamond wedding of Duncan and Dorothy Brown. (d10051114)

A COUPLE who grew up living just 100 yards apart have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Dorothy and Duncan Brown grew up in East Bierley, went to the same schools and shared the same friends.

They went on their first date when Duncan was on RAF leave after joining in 1947.

The couple became engaged in the late 1940s and were married at St Paul’s Church in Birkenshaw on May 14, 1951.

Duncan, 82, said: “We were going to get married before then but I was posted to Gibraltar so we had to postpone it.”

After the wedding Duncan went back to his RAF posting and Dorothy went to live with his parents.

Their first child, Michael, was born in 1952 and they went to live in Windy Bank, Hightown.

In 1958 they moved to their current home in Hunsworth Lane, Hunsworth, where Michael, his brother Stuart and sister Janet were brought up. A keen bass tuba player, Duncan was a founder member of the West Riding Fire Service Band while working as a firefighter.

He still plays today.

The couple have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and celebrated their milestone with family.

Dorothy, 80, said: “There are no secrets for a long marriage – you just have to respect, trust and love one another.”