Valerie and Geoffrey set for diamond day

May 30 2018
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IT was love at first sight when Valerie and Geoffrey Wall first set eyes on each other.

And now, more than 60 years later, the happy couple from Hanham are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

They met in 1956 at Verrecchia in Bedminster when out with a group of friends.

Valerie, 80, said: "There was a crowd of us and Geoffrey asked me if I'd like to go out. I said 'Yes, ok!'. Our first date was at the pictures down near the centre."

The pair tied the knot at  St Mary Redcliffe Church then moved in with Valerie's mum in Redcliffe in order to save up £500 as a deposit for a house.

They bought their first home in Marion Road, Hanham, and lived there for 18 years before moving to a bungalow in Bellamy Close, also in Hanham, where they have now been for 42 years.

The couple have one son, Mark, 57, and three grandchildren, Daniel, 25, George, 24, and Harry, 22.

Valerie spent 32 years as a home care worker for the council and retired 16 years ago. Geoffrey, 85, worked at the printing firm Marden's before taking a part-time job. He now keeps himself busy by making wooden garden ornaments such as wheelbarrows and bird tables.

A keen baker, Valerie is never happier than when she's in the kitchen making butterfly cakes for her family and friends.

To celebrate their 60 years of marriage on June 7 they will have an 'open house' for family and friends to pop in and have tea and cake. At the weekend they have booked a roast dinner for 22 family members at Bitton Railway. 

When asked what the secret to a long and happy marriage is Valerie said: "To keep out of his way! No, I'm only joking - we've always helped one another and never go far from each other."