A family friendship which blossomed into a partnership lasting more than six decades was celebrated by one Binbrook couple last week.
Joan and Jack Palethorpe marked their 60th wedding anniversary with two parties - one for family and close friends and the other, on the day itself, for near neighbours.
It was on March 26 1955 the couple married at St Bartholomew’s in Nottingham.
The church was demolished in 1971, but the couple have fond memories of their special day 60 years ago.
“It was a rainy day not a nice spring day as today,” said Jack.
Both Joan and Jack were 28 years of age when they married and their honeymoon was spent in London.
Joan worked in Nottingham’s famous lace trade, while Jack worked in textiles, selling across the Midlands area.
The couple spent 50 years at their home in Clifton, where their children Susan and Stephen were born.
But 10 years ago, they decided to move to Binbrook, where Susan has taught at the school for more than 30 years, the past 12 years as head.
And they have settled in well to this country life after so many years in the city.
When asked the secret of such a long and happy marriage, joker Jack quickly replied: “Say yes all the time.” But on a more serious note added: “Work well together; help each other at what each of you is best at.”