A CONISBROUGH couple toasted an astonishing 70 years of happy marriage this week.
Albert and Joyce Hoyland, both 89, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary yesterday, Wednesday, with their loving family, which spans across four generations.
The happy couple first set eyes on each other when they became neighbours as teenagers in Doncaster Road, Denaby Main.
Seven decades later, the couple both still remember their first encounter fondly.
Mrs Hoyland said: “I saw him outside with two of his mates and it looked like they were going somewhere.
“I was with two of my friends aswell, so I shouted over ‘Can anyone come!’ and they said ‘yes’.”
Mr Hoyland added: “I still had black marks on my face at the time because I had just finished working down the pit, so I’m surprised she shouted over.
“But from then on we started going to the picture house at Mexborough, and it all started from there really.”
Their love continued to blossom over the next three years and they got married at Denaby Main Parish Church on April 4, 1942.
Money was so tight that they did not even arrange to be driven to the church.
Mr Hoyland said: “It was wartime so things were tight anyway, and my wages from working at the pit were not great.
“We could have walked to the church it was that close and we decided not to book a car, but on the day our relatives arranged transport for us.
“They didn’t want us walking to the church on our wedding day.
“It was quite a quick service but I still remember it clearly.
“You don’t forget days like that.”
After seven decades of happy marriage, they both say there is no magic formula to having a long lasting relationship.
Mrs Hoyland said: “You definitely have to put the effort in and work at it.
“We have always given each other space when one of us has needed it.
“We have always been busy looking after the kids but we also tried to make sure we set aside time for each other.”
Mr Hoyland added: “It’s just about being good to each other.
“When we were younger we used to enjoy going out socialising and going out on trips away for a few days.
“But nowadays our great grand kids keep us entertained.”
Mr Hoyland spent more than 30 years working as a coal miner at Denaby and Cadeby pits while Mrs Hoyland worked as a cleaner and at a children’s home in Wath.
The couple have eight children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Both say they are proud of their strong work ethic, which they have passed onto their children.
Mr Hoyland said: “All of our kids have always worked and we are very proud of all our family. They keep us going.”