Couple share secret to happy marriage on 70th wedding anniversary

A couple from West Bridgford have shared the secret to a happy marriage after 70 years together.

Jack Leatherland, 93, and his wife Beatie, 89, first tied the knot back on December 23, 1950.

Today they are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary with each other at home.

The pair wed in a church in St Ann’s 70 years ago, where Beatie grew up. She says she can still recall that happy day 70 years on.

“I can remember quite a lot,” Beatie said.

“The reception was lovely. It was a great day – but it was a bit chilly, if I remember.”

Since then, they have lived in St Ann’s, Arnold and even Spain – but currently reside in their West Bridgford bungalow, where they’ve been for the past 13 years.

During their time together, though, they’ve travelled to many different countries.

Jack, who his wife describes as “absolutely smashing”, told Nottinghamshire Live: “We’ve travelled all around the world together.”

“Australia was our favourite place,” Beatie continued.

“We’ve been three times.”

So what should you do if you want to have a long, happy marriage? The couple have a simple answer they say everyone should follow throughout their time together.

Beatie, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on January 1, said: “You’ve got to look after one another. If you don’t, what’s it all about?

“That’s what we do – we look after each other. It’s important.”

Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, Jack and Beatie are unable to go out and celebrate on their happy day.

They are planning to stay in and celebrate the impressive milestone together in their bungalow instead.


Nottinghamshire Live – Local News