Harrogate couple celebrate 70th anniversary

George and Joan Harrison celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.  (140205M5)
George and Joan Harrison celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. (140205M5)

A Harrogate couple enjoyed a party to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary last week.

George and Joan Harrison

received a congratulatory card from the Queen to celebrate their platinum milestone.

The couple wed on February 5, 1944 in All Saints Church in Stockport.

George was 20 and Joan was 21 years old.

Joan was a busy housewife and George was in the British Army for many years in the Royal Signals, the combat arm that provides the essential communications systems throughout the army.

George was discharged from the army during the Second World War in 1943 after he injured his hand in an accident.

But he returned in 1947 and the couple lived in Singapore and Germany where George was posted .

The couple moved to Yorkshire in 1975 when George was posted to Catterick Garrison and then to the army barracks at Pennypot near Harrogate.

Mrs Harrison, 91, said: “I like the Harrogate area- it is nice.

“We settled here and have lived here for nearly 40 years.”

But Mrs Harrison does not know what the secret to a successful marriage is. She added: “It is hard work! I have no secrets to marriage- we just enjoy each other’s company.”

Mr and Mrs Harrison have one son, one daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The couple celebrated the anniversary with family and friends in Westfield House Care Home in Killinghall, where they have lived together since May last year.

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