Love still sparkling for diamond Goldenhill couple on Valentine's Day
CHILDHOOD sweethearts Audrey and Derrick Woods are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary – on the most romantic day of the year.
The couple tied the knot at St Margaret's Church, in Wolstanton, on Valentine's Day 1953.
And 60 years on the lovebirds, of Bosley Grove, Goldenhill, are still going strong.
Mrs Woods, aged 77, said: "When we got married it was a very cold day. There was snow on the ground and I was late for my own wedding.
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"We got married about 13 months after we met. We could have done it a week earlier but I wanted to wait and marry on Valentine's Day instead. I thought it would be more romantic."
The couple, who met as teenagers, regularly enjoyed dancing together and say their fondest memories include trips to Blackpool and the birth of their four children, Sheila, David, Michael and Julie.
Retired office worker Mrs Woods added: "Blackpool wasn't somewhere I wanted to go but Derrick loves it.
"He comes alive when we go there.
"We have a lot of fond memories, too many to mention, but one of the highlights of our lives was having our children. We always wanted a big family.
"We enjoyed holidays to Butlins too. We had some really great times.
The couple have four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Retired bricklayer Mr Woods said: "I was working when I first saw Audrey. One of my friends told me she would be good for me because she was about my age.
"She was a really good looking young lady and I would say it was love at first sight.
"I had seen her around before because she only lived a few streets away from me in Wolstanton.
"I whistled at her to get her attention and we have been together ever since."
The pair used to enjoy socialising at Middleport Workingmen's Club where Mr Woods was a bingo caller.
But more recently they spend most of their time together visiting family who live across the UK.
Mr Woods, aged 81, added: "We never spent much time going travelling to foreign places. We've only ever been as far as the Isle of Wight, because Audrey doesn't like the heat."
Mrs Woods said: "We have both had health problems so we tend not to plan anything in advance anymore. If we want to do something we just get up and go.
"Family has always been very important to us, that has been our main focus in life, but we have lot of friends too."
The couple say the secret to a long and happy marriage is 'give and take'.
Mrs Woods added: "I don't believe anyone who tells me they have never had an argument, marriage is about give and take. We have had a lot of downs in our lives but we have had a lot more ups."