Childhood sweethearts are a Diamond couple

Judy and Geoff Wilson.
Judy and Geoff Wilson.

A couple who met at school as teenagers this week mark 60 years of married life together.

Geoff and Judy Wilson of Farleton, near Hornby, met at Burton-in-Lonsdale School and started courting when Judy was 14 and Geoff was 15.

They married at Holy Trinity Church, Wray, on February 26 1955 and 60 happy years later are celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

Judy proudly says: “They told us we were too young but we proved them wrong!”

The couple have lived in the Lune Valley all of their lives. Geoff was born at Park House, Wennington, and Judy in Melling, before moving to Wray aged two.

The pair lived in Wray after getting married. Geoff served his apprenticeship as a joiner with Parker Foxcroft of Wray and after National Service in the RAF worked for him for many years. Judy worked at a local bakery in Wray and then at the Low Bentham Silk Mill.

They moved to Farleton in late 1967, to a house built by Geoff, where they still live, and brought up their three children, Mary, Graha and Diane.

Geoff became self-employed in the early 1970s and continued to be a much sought after joiner until recent years when he retired. Judy had various part-time jobs which fitted around the family, including working at the Construction Press in Hornby and at the Old Rectory Hotel in Claughton.

Geoff and Judy now have five grandchildren and as well as their family have a shared interest in gardening and wildlife and also enjoy the company of their cat, Milly.

Judy also enjoys reading and knitting and Geoff enjoys completing crosswords and Sudoku puzzles.

The couple said: “We make a good team. We wouldn’t have had it any other way. We’ve been happy together and don’t know where the time has gone. It doesn’t seem like 60 years!”

Geoff and Judy will celebrate their anniversary with lunch for family and friends at the Scarthwaite Hotel.