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Chilton couple's diamond wedding
A COUPLE proved that a strong marriage stays together in sickness and in health when they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in hospital.
George and Joan Elliott, of Chilton, in County Durham, marked 60 years of marriage at Darlington Memorial Hospital where Mr Elliott is currently a patient.
Mrs Elliott took the cards they had been sent into the hospital so they could open them together and when her husband is well enough to return home they plan to have a family meal out.
She said: “A couple has to look after each other, that is what we have done all of the time.
“I had a heart bypass almost two years ago and George had one nine months earlier and he has been in and out of hospital a bit recently.
“It is special to reach our 60th anniversary as we’ve had a good life together but we’ll save our real celebration for when he is out.”
The couple, both 81, met at a dance in the King's Hall, Bishop Auckland, when they were 19 and married two years later at St Aiden's Church, Chilton, on September 26, 1953.
Mr Elliott, a former member of Chilton Parish Council, was a miner for 25 years and Mrs Elliott worked at the Tallent factory, in Newton Aycliffe.
They have two children- Lyn, who lives in Woodham village, and Keven (CORR), who has emigrated to Australia, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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