The snappy couple! Former Dewsbury-based Yorkshire Post photographer celebrates 60th wedding anniversary
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Graham Lindley and his wife, Jean, both 81, are marking their special occasion with a week-long Mediterranean cruise before spending seven days in Alcudia on Majorca.
The couple met when they were 18-years-old at Armley Baths in Leeds and married three years later on October 12, 1963, at the city’s St Anne’s Cathedral before settling in Headingley.
Graham was already working at the Evening Post by this point after taking a keen interest in photography after leaving school. He left in 1981, after 31 years, to join the Yorkshire Post where he remained until taking redundancy, although he stayed in a freelance role up until only five years ago, at 76 years of age.
“I really enjoyed working at the Yorkshire Evening Post,” Graham recollected. “I worked there from 1958 until 1981 when a position came up on the Yorkshire Post. I was really pleased to obtain that. I really enjoyed it there too.
“I have still got my camera gear though.”
In 1967, the couple moved to Woodkirk before two further house moves followed, to Thornhill and then Thornhill Edge, spending a total of 54 years in Dewsbury before moving to a bungalow in the quiet farming village of Burton Fleming, just outside of Scarborough.
“I have still got a lot of feelings for Dewsbury and I still look at the Dewsbury Reporter online,” Graham said. “It is an amazing town. It has got a lot of history and a lot of wonderful potential.”
Jean, who used to deliver the newspapers her husband took photos for, said of their diamond anniversary:
“It does seem a long time ago but it doesn’t seem like it’s been 60 years! We are going to enjoy our cruise around the Med, and then Alcudia, and then look forward to doing our bungalow up.”
The grandparents and great-grandparents have two adopted children, Stephen and Janine, and a third, Jonathan, who sadly passed away when he was 20.
We wish Graham and Jean a wonderful anniversary.