A diamond year for Joan and Albert

Diamond Wedding couple, Joan & Albert Wright.

Diamond Wedding couple, Joan & Albert Wright.

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Childhood sweethearts Joan and Albert Wright celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today after being together since they were 15.

The pair, who both volunteer for the Salvation Army, were childhood friends in Whitehaven but have spent most of their lives in Rugby after marrying in 1953.

Mrs Wright will be known to many in Rugby as a teacher after teaching at Bilton infant, Lawford primary and English Martyrs schools. Mr Wright, a former magistrate, worked at Alstom for 37 years as a purchasing officer.

Mrs Wright said: “We were more or less children when we met in Whitehaven and we started seeing each other when we were about 15 or 16. Eventually Albert proposed on the end of a pier. He went into the RAF for two years but we kept in touch and wrote to each other every day.”

The couple have two daughters, Marion and Kathryn, as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. To celebrate they will be spending five days in the Lake District with their family.

Mr Wright added: “I’d say the secret to a long lasting marriage is compromise, giving each other space and sharing each other’s faith and ambitions.”