A LOWERHOUSES couple are marking 60 years of married life.

Mr Jack Tracey, now 83, met his wife, Phyllis, now 82, at a Christmas party in Huddersfield in 1938. They are pictured now and on their wedding day.

They married at Christ Church in Woodhouse in 1943 and have lived in Lowerhouses for the past 55 years.

Mr Tracey worked for the North Eastern Gas Board before becoming a site engineer for W R Holmes in Turnbridge. He retired 22 years ago.

Mrs Tracey worked in a munitions factory during the war.

After a spell looking after the couple's three children, Peter, Dianne and Robert, she returned to work as a waitress.

The couple have spent much of their retirement travelling the world.

Mrs Tracey is a member of the Huddersfield University of the Third Age and of the Over 50s Wednesday Ladies' club (OWLS).

Mr Tracey is a guide at the McAlpine Stadium.

He is a member of Lowerhouses Veterans' bowling club.

He began football refereeing in 1947 and is a lifetime member of the Huddersfield and District Referees Association. He was also a stalwart of Huddersfield and District Football Association.

Mr Tracey supports and reads broadcasts for Huddersfield Hospital Radio, which he helped to set up in 1953.


A WATERLOO couple who met during the Second World War have celebrating their diamond wedding.

Harold and Myra Armitage met at RAF Leeming, near Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

Mr Armitage, 83, from Honley, was a ground crew corporal and his future wife, now 81, was a cook.

They are pictured now and on their wedding day.

"I went into the mess and saw two girls, one of whom I recognised as Janet Walshaw, from Lockwood," he said.

"She had a friend with a mass of red hair like Shirley Temple. She was the one I made a beeline for."

After the war the couple lived in Thornhill.

After working as an engineer, Mr Armitage

set up a business, H and J Electrical, with shops in Heckmondwike and Ossett.

He also set up a textile mending business in Thornhill.

The couple moved to Huddersfield in 1975, living in Salendine Nook and later Waterloo.

Mrs Armitage worked in Spurr's bakery, Thornhill, and at Hebble Mill, Thornhill Lees, until she had her daughter.

Mr Armitage is a member of Heartline and attends exercise classes at the Deighton Centre three times a week.

The couple have a daughter and two grandsons.