Diamond pair still dancing

Richard and Joyce Buck celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary
Richard and Joyce Buck celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

A WHITBY couple are celebrating 60 years of marriage this week – and attribute their enduring marital bliss to a shared hobby.

Richard and Joyce Buck, of Abbeville Avenue, married on 2 June 1951 and since 1960 have shared a passion for ballroom dancing, a hobby they continue to this day.

The couple celebrated their diamond anniversary yesterday, but Joyce (81) still remembers her “bright and breezy” big day vividly.

She said: “It went like a blur. I had a constant smile on my face and remember rushing to go away to our expensive honeymoon in London.”

The couple met in 1945 while Richard (89) was still in the Army and Joyce was employed at Woolworth’s.

Richard suffered three years as a Prisoner of War after being captured at the battle of El Alamein.

He would be imprisoned in Italy and Dresden before being liberated by the Russians.

It was when he returned home following the war that he would meet his future bride.

Joyce said: “I was walking down the pier and there was a shop with photographs in the window of the men in the forces and he walked by with his mate.”

Richard continued: “I stopped to look at the photographs and we started talking and I asked her if she wanted to go out to the pictures.”

After their first date at the Coliseum, Richard would frequently visit Joyce while she was at work.

She added: “I was his sweet girl on the sweet counter.

“I used to give him sweets without marking his rations card.

“It’s awful when someone comes and chats you up just to get some sweets.”

The couple were married at St Hilda’s Church in 1951 and have three sons, Dennis, David and Michael, and one granddaughter, named Julie.