A SPARKLING Bromsgrove couple have celebrated 60 years of marriage and put the secret to their success down to making sure they are there for each other.
Thea (81) and Alan Whyte (85), who are originally from Aberdeen in Scotland, celebrated the milestone on Thursday and received flowers from family and friends and a card from HRH The Queen.
The happy couple met through Thea’s brother, who was an apprentice joiner with Alan, and married on November 9, 1957 in a traditional ceremony in front of 100 guests in Aberdeen’s St Andrew’s Church.
They moved to Bromsgrove for work and went on to have two children Alan (54) and Pamela (59), and grandchildren Josh, Bethany, Lucy, and Christopher who sadly passed away.
Alan said: “You have got to work hard for each other and make sure you help each other.
“It took a couple of years before we got together, I went to the army and when I returned, she still wanted me!
“When we moved to Bromsgrove, we lived in a flat on the High Street and put the wedding dress in the loft.
“We then moved to Charford and left it in there, so it could still be there now.
“We didn’t have the nerve to go back!”
Thea, who was a manageress at Cranages for 21 years, is currently recovering from a stroke and suffered a heart attack last year.
She said: “It has been a tough year but I am doing well now.
“As a couple you have had your ups and downs but you love each other and work hard.
“We both have the same music taste and have enjoyed lots of holidays together.
“We went to Australia, New Zealand and we celebrated our 50th anniversary in Mauritius which was beautiful.”