Six decades of wedded bliss for resort couple

Barrie and Brenda Parker from Blackpool pictured with their great granddaughter Brenna Byrne, nine
Barrie and Brenda Parker from Blackpool pictured with their great granddaughter Brenna Byrne, nine

All eyes will be on the Queen tomorrow as the monarch celebrates her 90th birthday.

But closer to home, one couple will be quietly marking their own personal milestone – their diamond wedding anniversary.

On their big day

On their big day

It was 60 years ago today, on 21 April 1956, that Barrie and Brenda Parker, of St Alban’s Road, Blackpool, tied the knot.

They will be joined by their family as they look back on six decades of married life, and will tuck into a celebratory meal served up at Stanley Park’s Art Deco Cafe on Saturday.

Former resort magistrate Brenda, 79, said she first met Barrie when she was 15.

She was hired as an office junior at Bernard Hope and Company, in Birley Street, where Barrie was working in the workshop repairing typewriters.

You just get on with it. You do what you can to keep everybody happy

It was love at first sight, but the pair were forced to put their romance on hold while Barrie, now 83, completed his national service.

After being reunited, the pair were wed at North Shore Methodist Church, in Dickson Road, before starting their family.

They now have two children, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

Brenda worked as a magistrate for 32 years and Barrie went on to have a career in social care, also working with children’s charities.

When asked what the secret to a long, happy marriage is, Brenda said: “You just get on with it. You do what you can to keep everybody happy.”