Diamonds are shining brightly for four Huddersfield siblings who are all celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries this year.

Betty Brown, of Almondbury, is the latest of the quartet to raise a glass to the milestone achievement after she celebrated with her husband, Jack, yesterday.

It is has certainly been a gem of a year for the 82-year-old, her two brothers and sister, who all tied the knot in 1954.

Betty, of Somersbury Court, said that none of them had paid much attention to the fact until they all celebrated their golden wedding ten years ago.

She said: “We never planned to all get married in the same year and certainly had not realised the significance on it until many years later.

“But it’s been lovely to celebrate each other’s big anniversaries in the same year-we’ve certainly had a lot of nice family events to mark them.”

Her brother Derrick Siswick, 85, lives with Barbara, 80, in Birkby, James Siswick, 83, is in Golcar with Lilian, 82, and sister Clare, 80, is in Linthwaite with 85-year-old Brian.

It was love at first sight for Betty and Jack, 85, who met at a dance at David Brown Gears in 1952.

Jack and Betty Brown
Jack and Betty Brown
 

Betty said: “We took a shine to each other straight away and began courting.”

It was two years later when Jack made a rather unconventional proposal when they were on a date to the cinema.

Betty said: “He turned up, looked at me and said ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but I’ve just been to see a flat for us, would you like to see it?

“I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the most brilliant way to propose but it did make me laugh.”

They married at a church in Sheepridge before moving into their new home in Fartown Bar, where they lived for five years and enjoyed a busy social life that revolved around going to dances and cinemas around the area.

Then they moved to a bungalow in Penistone Road in Waterloo, where they had their first son Peter in 1959.

Jill was born three years later in 1963 and Betty continued to work for a few years at David Brown’s, before moving to Imperial Chemical Industries where Jack worked.

More joy was brought to them when their four grandchildren were born decades later, Natalie, Melanie, Danielle and Robyn.

They were followed by the couple’s first great grandchild Edie.

They celebrated their anniversary together in Whitby and also had a family gathering.