Harrogate couple celebrating diamond year share secret of happy marriage

Anne and Bill Fox of Wedderburn Avenue first met at the council Municipal Office in Harrogate

A Harrogate couple celebrating six decades of marriage have said having their own interests as well  is an important ingredient in a marriage

Anne and Bill Fox of Wedderburn Avenue first met at the council ‘Municipal Office’ in Harrogate while working as junior clerks. They were married at St Mark’s Church in Harrogate on August 29, 1957.

Anne and Bill Fox on their wedding day, 1957

Now as they mark their diamond anniversary year the pair shared what they believe is the secret to a happy 60 years together.

Mrs Fox said: “I manage to get out playing badminton while Bill plays bowls, its nice to have a separate thing that each of us does with


“It’s important that you have these activities, doing things on your own gives you even more of an appreciation for that person and it makes you care about the time you spend with each


Following their wedding ceremony Mr and Mrs Fox held a reception for 60 family members and friends at the Adelphi Hotel in Harrogate. The newlyweds then flew out from Leeds Bradford airport for their honeymoon in Ostend, Belgium.

Mr Fox became the first manager of Harrogate Conference Centre, which was still in the process of being constructed when he was


He would remain there until his retirement and still remembers the scenes from the Eurovision song contest which was staged there when the conference centre first opened in 1982.

Leaving work Mrs Fox looked after their three children, Catherine, Judith and David.

While Catherine has moved to North Carolina, Judith and David remain nearby.

The family marked the anniversary day itself with a trip to Chester, enjoying a sightseeing holiday together.

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