A WHITBY couple are celebrating half a century of happy marriage.
Jim White (71), a former sergeant in the Green Howards and his wife Ros (69) of Rosedale Close, tied the knot at St Hilda’s RC Church in Whitby on 16 March 1963. The couple first met at a church disco when Jim, who was 17, was on leave from the Army and Ros was just 15.
The pair became inseparable and married four years later.
The couple moved abroad to Tripoli in Libya where Jim was posted and their daughter Debra was born in 1964. Jim was later posted to Malaya and Colchester.
He left the Army in 1968 and their son James was born in Whitby in that same year. Mr White, who holds a third dan black belt in karate and is an instructor at Whitby Shotokan Karate Club, joined the prison service where he worked in Durham and the Isle of Wight, retiring in 1994.
“The secret to a happy marriage is just doing as you are told,” Jim joked.
“You have to share everything that you have. We never say anything is mine or yours, everything is ours.
“I would do it all again tomorrow.”
Ros added: “It feels like yesterday we married, I don’t know where the time has gone. We don’t go anywhere without each other, it’s a good relationship to do that.”
Mr White is also a member of the Green Howards Association and fellow comrades, friends and family will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at a party in the Fishermen’s Club. The couple have four grandchildren Ryan (24), Grace (20), Owen (19) and Katie (2).