Sixty years of marriage is a wonderful achievement, and everyone at Birch Green was overjoyed to be able to help resident Tom Whitfield, 81, and his wife Norma, 80, celebrate their Diamond wedding anniversary recently.
After first meeting at the age of seven at the primary school they both attended in Liverpool, ten years passed before their paths crossed again with the young lovebirds going on to attend separate schools – Tom at Banks Road and Norma taking up a scholarship to St Hilda’s. But after meeting up again as teenagers, they began courting and married on January 14, 1956 at a registry office in Liverpool.
During their wedding reception in a local restaurant, Tom said to Norma ‘let’s make a run for it’ and that’s what they did – taking a train from Lime Street station to London, where they enjoyed several shows, included the Cyril Stapleton Orchestra and Tommy Cooper, and spent a week enjoying the sights of the city.
Throughout their 60 year union, Tom, who worked as a maintenance engineer, and Norma, who worked in telecommunications and security, have travelled the world together, and lived in the Middle East for over 20 years which is where they raised their family.
Tom recalls never having had a single argument in 60 years. Well, he’s never won one anyway!
The happy couple were presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a balloon and cards to help them celebrate their special day.
A huge congratulations to a lovely couple from all at Birch Green.