Six decades of marriage

Diamond wedding of Ellen and Joseph
Diamond wedding of Ellen and Joseph

A COUPLE who found love on the dance floor have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Joseph and Ellen Byerley, who live in Lower Shuckburgh, had their diamond wedding anniversary on Monday.

They marked the milestone with a party for family and friends.

Army signaller Joseph, 82, met nurse Ellen, 79, while he was stationed in Belfast.

“I first saw Ellen at a dance while she was in the TA,” said Joseph.

“We went to every dance after that and have never looked back.”

After marrying in 1952 they went on to have five children – David, Ann, Nigel, Diana and Robert. The couple have nine grandchildren and one great grandson.

Joseph is passionate about gardening and has won a number of awards.

Ellen said: “He grows me sweetpeas every year; the smell fills up the house.”

Ellen has suffered with health problems and paid tribute to her husband for his devotion. Saying: “He’s a fantastic carer.

“I had to sleep on the settee and one point and he slept on the floor beside me. What other man would do that?”