Diamond pair mark 60 years of marriage

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A Ripley couple are celebrating 60 years of marriage today after meeting at the 
cinema in Ripley.

Sue and Barrie Barber met at the Hippodrome in Ripley and were married at Crosshill Church in 1954.

Sue, 81, was born in Codnor, one of nine children, and went to Whitegates School. Barrie, 79, one of four children, was born in Fritchley and was educated there.

The pair set up home in Fritchley and lived there until ten years ago when they moved to Ripley so they could live in a bungalow in a slightly larger town.

Daughter Carol said: “Barrie left school to become an apprentice wood machinist with Wharton & Evans in Belper and worked there for six years, before being called up for National Service.

“Afterwards he worked as a wood machinist at Granwood until he was made redundant. Along with four 
colleagues who were also made redundant, he formed Riddings Joinery Company, where he worked until his retirement. Sue left school and worked at Aristoc at Langley Mill, then moved to Adam’s Stores in Ripley, before leaving to bring up her family.”

Sue and Barrie have three children, Carol, who lives in Waingroves, Antony, who lives in South Normanton, and Julie, who lives in Heage. They have nine grandchildren Simon, Joanne, Kelly, Nathalie, Christopher, John-Jo, Ryan, Danny and Sinead, and two great-grandchildren, Isla and Rhys. A third great-grandchild is expected in April.

Barrie has done yoga for many years, and Carol added: “My mum likes a game of bingo but I don’t know if she wants that putting in the paper!”