Our secret to eternal happiness!

Edward and Lydia Smith celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Edward and Lydia Smith celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary

IT looks like these fresh-faced sweethearts have the secret to eternal youth – as well as 70 years of happy marriage.

Lydia and Eddie Smith, still active at 94 and 96 respectively, credit keeping healthy together as the backbone of a remarkable union.

Despite reaching their platinum wedding anniversary the pair continue to attend keep fit classes at Sharley Park leisure centre in Clay Cross, where they used to co-ordinate an over-60s activity group, to everyone’s amazement.

“We still get out and go to keep fit,” said Lydia, speaking from their house on Egstow Street, Clay Cross, home since the day they tied the knot.

“We’ve always danced, gone to keep fit and used to do a lot of biking all over Matlock and Crich way.

“Even at our age – everyone thinks we’re wonderful.”

It was thanks to cycling, a hobby given up only a few years since, that the lovebirds met 75 years ago. Said Lydia: “I was on my bike with my friend and these two boys were on theirs at Old Higham where I lived.

“They came up and asked us the way to Clay Cross. Of course we told them and found out later they lived at Clay Cross, that was just to get chatting to us.

“As they were cycling off I heard him say ‘I’m having the little one’. That was me.”

Lydia and Eddie married at Shirland Church on May 31, 1941. Last Sunday they returned to the same church for a blessing, followed by a family party. An earlier event saw them presented with bouquets and cakes at Sharley Park.

The pair, who have two sons, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, also received their third card from the Queen.

Proud son David Smith (67) said: “They’ve never had a car so were cycling about until seven years ago. They manage to go out every day somewhere – I think they’ve kept themselves young.

“We’re very proud, they are a wonderful couple.”

The Smiths also thanked everyone for their well wishes.

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