MARRIAGE MILESTONES: Can you beat this Derbyshire family’s record?

Diamond wedding anniversary Nina and Alan Brown. Family photo
Diamond wedding anniversary Nina and Alan Brown. Family photo

What’s the secret to a long and happy marriage? One Derbyshire family certainly has the answer as they all celebrate milestone anniversaries.

Nina and Alan Brown are pictured here cutting a celebration cake to mark their 60th wedding anniversary.

Diamond wedding anniversary Nina and Alan Brown.

Diamond wedding anniversary Nina and Alan Brown.

Nina, 81, orginally from Apperknowle, is the eldest of five children - three boys and two girls - who have all marked their 50th wedding anniversaries.

Nina’s two cousins who were her bridesmaids, have also celebrated their 50th anniversaries.

Alan, 80, originally from Sheffield, has a brother who has been married 64 years and a cousin, who has been married 50 years.

Nina and Alan met just before he went into national service in 1954.

They married in Apperknowle in the Methodist chapel on February 9 1957.

The couple, who have lived in Unstone since 1959 have two children - Heather who has been married to her husband Alan for 28 years and Timothy who has been married to Sarah for 23 years and has two children Danny and Hannah.

Alan worked as a turner for most of his life and after having her children Nina went back to work in the valuation office in Chesterfield.

They are both now retired and in his spare time Alan enjoys playing the organ and piano accordion.

Nina plays the organ at Unstone church and has been secretary at Unstone and District W.I. for 57 years.

They said the secret to their long and happy marriage was to “love, to respect and to be friends and to support each other through the good and bad times.”

Is this Derbyshire’s longest married family or can you beat their record? Email