A DIAMOND couple who met at a Colne mill in 1950 are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage.
Joan and Joseph Lord both worked as weavers at Bunkers Hill mill, where love blossomed and they married on September 8th, 1951.
They had two sons, Stephen and Graham, and later took over the Walton Arms pub in Colne where they spent two happy years.
The hardworking couple never stopped, later taking over the Rifle Volunteers in Burnley, a fish and chip shop in Padiham and the Crown Hotel in Darwen.
They still proudly own the Massey Brewery plaque from their time at the Walton Arms and the book of tenancy.
Joan said: “We have had a happy life but it has been hard work. We have been through the wars and rationing. But working together we have managed - we had little money but we have enjoyed the times we have had.”
Their family now stretches over four generations and they have welcomed grandsons Christopher and Michael and great grandchildren Harry and Ava Grace to the family fold.
Joan said: “We are very lucky to have such a loving, caring family. We love them to bits.”
The couple now live in Swinden Lane, Colne, and for the past five years Joseph has been looked after by carers since suffering a stroke.
Joan said: “I would like to thank them for all their hard work and our daughter-in-laws Marjory and Anne for their caring ways.”
Since their retirement, Joan and Joseph have taken a well-earned rest, travelling abroad several times and caravanning around the country.
They will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a family party.