Local Ferryhill couple, Ken and Jean Welford, are celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary today, April 1st.
Ken, 81, was born in Wolseley Street in Ferryhill Station and went to school there while Jean (nee Britton), 78, also a local girl born in Bertha Street, attended the Broom school.
The couple met at the Pavilion Picture House, where Ken was the projectionist and Jean was working as an usherette. They were married at St Luke’s Church in Ferryhill on this day in 1961.
Ken started at the Pavilion in the village after he left school, then moved on to the ABC in Darlington. He later worked at NEECOL in Ferryhill Station for three years before spending ten years at Courtaulds in Spennymoor as a machinist.
In the meantime, he also went around the local workingmen’s clubs showing films.
Ken said: “The clubs would be packed out. This was long before Sky TV”.
He also travelled around Chilton, Ferryhill and Spennymoor in his van renting out videos.
After school, Jean started work at Ferguson’s TV Factory in Spennymoor until she was married.
The couple moved to Darlington but returned to Ferryhill Station in 1963 to live in High Street. In 1975 they moved to Bede Terrace before moving to their current address in Ramsey Drive in 1985.
After the family were raised to school age, Jean returned to work at the VG Shop in The Broom, working there for twenty years. Eventually she and her sister, Pam bought the business from Cec Bainbridge, and managed it until retirement, ten years later.
At the same time, Jean was also active going around the clubs herself showing films.
The lovely couple have three children Sharon, Deborah and Nigel. They have six grand children and six great-grand children.
They both like walking, gardening and holidays, including cruises and going on bus trips.
The couple join many others over the past year in muted celebrations, with family joining them from a distance.