Sapphire anniversary

George and Dorothy Alderson, of Wheatley, pictured celebrating their 65th wedding anniversay. Picture: Marie Caley D2183MC
George and Dorothy Alderson, of Wheatley, pictured celebrating their 65th wedding anniversay. Picture: Marie Caley D2183MC

Absence makes the heart grow fonder has never been more apt than for George and Dorothy Alderson who have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

The couple met aged 16 through friends in Hyde Park, and at 18, Mr Alderson was called up to Second World War.

They married in 1946, at Hull Register Office and just four days later Mr Alderson was back in the Middle East.

During the war Dorothy worked in a factory near Leeds Bradford Airport making bombers, and when George arrived home in 1947, the couple, both 86, bought a house in Exeter Road, Wheatley, where they still live. They have a daughter, Christine, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr Alderson said: “The secret to a happy marriage is to sort out any arguments before bedtime.”