60 years of marriage and still going strong

Hubert and Vera Wray with a framed card from the Queen.
Hubert and Vera Wray with a framed card from the Queen.
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Hubert and Vera Wray still remember the first day they met at a youth club when they were teenagers.

More than 60 years later the couple are still going strong and have recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Hubert, 82 and Vera, 81, from South Cave, were just 16 and 15 respectively when they met at Christ Church in Skipton, which is where they got married in 1955.

The pair say they share the same interests, including music, and this is one of the reasons why they believe their marriage has been so successful.

According to Hubert, the secret to a long and happy marriage is being “loving, caring and understanding.”

Vera added: “We have always enjoyed the same things. We do share the same interests.”

During his working life, Hubert worked in education. He taught French and German, and then became an education administrator and a deputy director of education. Vera was a soft furnishings and home upholstery teacher, and also ran a craft shop.

The couple have one son, called Nigel. They have received a congratulatory card from the Queen for reaching their milestone anniversary.