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Diamond couple: Lily met her match while walking dog

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

  • 19/03/14 Diamond wedding Lily and Norman Oakton - Tutbury, Tutbury Diamond wedding Lily and Norman Oakton

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TUTBURY couple Lily and Norman Oakton met in 1953 when Lily, 19 at the time, was walking her dog in Monk Street in the village.

Norman, who had just come out of the army, was riding past on his bike and stopped to ask her to the cinema.

Within nine months they were married at Tutbury Church, on March 20 1954.

Lily said: “When we were at the cinema he got out a box of chocolates and asked if I wanted one. Instead of giving them to me he took them home with him.”

Sixty years on, and despite arguing daily, they are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary and to mark the occasion will invite friends, family and neighbours to the house that they have lived in for almost six decades in Park Lane. They will also celebrate with a meal at a restaurant on Saturday.

The couple put the secret to a long and happy marriage down to tolerance, patience and ‘working at it’.

In the early days Norman worked as a driver for breweries in the area and Lily became a full-time mum.

She had previously worked at Davies’ Knitting in Burton.

Lily, 79, said: “We still argue – not a day goes by when we don’t. Norman will go up the garden to the greenhouse and then come back.”

Norman, 81, joked that on the day of his wedding he had enjoyed a few drinks and Lily had to give him a nudge in the church to get him to repeat the vows.

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