Bernard and Norma Johnson celebrate diamond wedding

Gazette & Herald: Bernard and Norma Johnson celebrate their diamond wedding Bernard and Norma Johnson celebrate their diamond wedding

A COUPLE who met over lunch at a seaside café have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Bernard and Norma Johnson were both working in Scarborough when they met as teenagers in 1950.

Mr Johnson, who is 84, regularly met a friend for lunch at a local café and one day brought Norma, now aged 80, along to join them.

The pair were soon “courting” and were married four years later at St Columbus’ Church, in Scarborough, on March 10, 1954.

Mr Johnson enjoyed a long career in local government as a chartered surveyor and civil engineer before becoming head of technical services at Beverley Borough Council.

On his retirement, the couple set up a business specialising in dolls house furniture in Beverley, before moving to Helmsley 14 years ago where they then opened up a shop.

“Lots of couples tend to go off and do their own thing when they retire but we wanted to do something together,” said Mr Johnson.

“We really enjoyed running the shop and met hundreds of peoples through it.”

The couple have a son, daughter, grand-daughter, great-granddaughter and a great-grandson due in May.

They celebrated their anniversary with family and friends at a restaurant in Scarborough.

“It is hard to believe where the time has gone, it really has flown by, but we have been very happy,” said Mr Johnson.

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