IT was supposed to be a low key affair, but in the end Terry and Dorothy Jackson’s diamond celebration could not even escape the attentions of the Queen.
Terry and Dorothy were more than surprised when while opening their usual mail they disovered a card from Her Majesty wishing them a very happy 60th anniversary.
Dorothy said: “We couldn’t believe it when we opened the cards and saw a picture of the Queen.
“We didn’t want any fuss. We like to keep things very low key, but it was lovely and we feel very spoilt.
“Our daughter, Pauline, who lives in New Zealand had arranged it all and we didn’t have a clue.”
Terry added: “It just doesn’t seem 60 years at all, I don’t know where the years have gone, it only feels like 30!”
Dorothy, 76, who grew up in Out Rawcliffe was just 17 when she married Terry, then 23, at St Michael’s Church, St Michael’s-on-Wyre on June 16, 1951.
They began courting after meeting at local dances in St Michael’s and Pilling. Terry had not long completed his National Service, having spent his time serving in Germany.
The couple have four children, Mark, Pauline, Barbara and Lynne, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Earlier this year Dorothy flew out to New Zealand for her granddaughter’s wedding and enjoyed a month with the family.
It was the longest time the couple had spent apart in their 60 years together, also having been partners in work, running their scrap metal business, based at their home, Jerry Farm in Bay Horse Lane, Catforth.
Jerry said: “I couldn’t read or write but I knew how to work. I started in motor body building and spraying, but I was determined to make something of myself and we fell iton the scrap business by accident.”
Dorothy added: “I looked after the family and was in charge of all the books, it was hard work but we just did it.”
Terry, now 83, retired 15 years ago and the couple now enjoy speniding time with their family and looking after their garden.
Barbara, who lives in Kirkham said: “It is amazing to have been married for 60 years, but they’re very happy – my mum is a very patient woman!”
And their secret to a long and successful marriage?
“We’ve had our fair few of ups and downs like anyone else, “ut life is too short to fall out.
“You just get on with it,” said Dorothy,