HE photographed many hundreds of people enjoying their golden weddings.
And now former Examiner chief photographer John Watson and wife Shirley have marked their own anniversary.
The happy couple celebrated with a trip to see Huddersfield Town play.
They also marked their 50th anniversary with a family celebration.
The Helme couple say they were fortunate to have each other.
Mr Watson said: “We met through a friend who said I should invite her out – and I did.
“It was two years before we got married and I didn’t actually propose; it was just one of those things that developed.
“It wasn’t very romantic, I didn’t get down on one knee. We have had 50 very good years together and I’ve been very fortunate to have her.”
Mrs Watson said: “We’ve been married 50 years, but it only seems like 20. We’re both always off doing things, so maybe that’s why it’s been so successful.
“We’ve got wonderful family and friends who have helped us make this celebration so lovely.”
The happy couple married at Meltham Baptist Church on November 26, 1957, when Mrs Watson was 21 and Mr Watson 23.
Mrs Watson wore a long white gown with lace veil and her sister Sandra and friends Pat Maxfield and Judith Harper were bridesmaids.
Their wedding reception was a buffet in the church hall and it was some time before they went on a honeymoon.
They had two children, Maxine, an education officer for Kirklees Council, and Andrew, vice-chairman of Huddersfield Town Football Club. They have four grandchildren.
As the couple celebrated their golden wedding Mr Watson presented the bridesmaids with a favour of a golden trinket box – fifty years after the wedding day.
Both Mr and Mrs Watson have served on Meltham Town Council, with both being selected as chairman twice. They enjoy taking part in community activities in and around Meltham.