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Mutual Respect Key To A Long Marriage, Says Couple

Wednesday October 2 2013


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MUTUAL respect is the key to a successful marriage, says the couple who have just celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Derrik Barnes, 87, and wife Jean, 79, celebrated with family members from as far as Herefordshire and Berkshire last weekend with a meal at the Cross Keys, Darfield.

However, granddaughter Holly, who works in the fashion industry, was unable to attend as she was working at London Fashion Week.

The couple, of Belvedere Drive, Darfield, met at a dance at Wombwell Baths 18 months before their wedding at Hemsworth Parish Church in 1947.

The couple bought their own home on Thomas Street six months before the wedding and moved in afterwards. Derrik had spent five years in the RAF and, after being demobbed, found work at Mitchells Main and Darfield Main.

During this time he was at night school studying electrical engineering and later trained to be a teacher at Huddersfield. He then taught at Hemsworth and, later, Barnsley Technical College until taking early retirement at 59.

The couple also enjoy travelling together and have visited the United States, Canada, Europe and North Africa.

The couple have three children, Jenny, 59, John, 58, and Jayne, 54, along with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 21:26
This couple have lived the best years this country can offer.they are an inspirations to what life Marriage, and values are all about.

Health & Happiness to you both.