‘When we married, you did it for life’, say Yeadon couple celebrating 60 years of marriage



First published in Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A couple who met in a coffee bar are celebrating 60 years of marriage this week.

George and Kathleen Girt were married at St Oswald's Church in Guiseley on July 31 1954.

The couple, now in their 80s, were teenagers when they met at the coffee bar at White Cross in Guiseley.

Mrs Girt, who also celebrates her 81st birthday this week, was 17 when she met her husband to be at the bar where young people used to gather.

The couple, who have lived in Yeadon since the early days of their marriage, have two sons, Steven and Trevor, and five grandchildren.

They were planning to celebrate their anniversary this week with family including their daughters-in-law Jane and Sue.

Because she had her first child Mrs Girt worked for a Guiseley company which fitted toilet cisterns. Mr Girt, 83, who was a maintenance fitter, also spent more than 22 years in the TA after completing his national service. The couple, who have always enjoyed an outdoor life, still caravan together.

Mrs Girt said: “When we got married you got married and it was for life. You have got to have give and take .

“I’m not saying we haven’t had our ups and downs – we have, and I would defy anyone to say any different. But we have had a good life.

Mr Girt added: “It is like gardening – whatever you put in, you get out.”

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