Scunthorpe steelworks romance led to 60 years' happy marriage
AScunthorpe couple who met for the first time at the town's steelworks have celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Harold Pearson, 81, met Barbara, 80, when they started working at the works together.
And love blossomed shortly afterwards for the couple, who now live in Hilltop Avenue, Scunthorpe.
Their relationship has spanned the length of the Queen's reign, while they have seen 12 different Prime Ministers run the country over the same period.
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In the year that they married, High Noon and Singin' In The Rain were hits on the silver screen and Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole were among the stars topping the charts.
Now, 60 years on, they have told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that the secret to a long and happy marriage is getting over any problems they come across.
The couple, who have two children called Richard Pearson and Jane Ball, were married on August 27, 1952 at St George's Church, Scunthorpe.
The pair started courting when Barbara was 15 and married five years later. Harold went on to work for the Scunthorpe blast furnace for 44 years.
To mark their 60th wedding anniversary, Barbara and Harold were treated to a surprise family lunch at Forest Pines resort in Broughton.
The couple's two children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren attended the event.
Barbara said: "It was really lovely and such a treat.
"The whole celebration was a huge surprise to us, as we did not expect anything to be arranged.
"We have had a very good marriage so far and been very happy.
"We have had our ups and downs but also tackle the problems together. We are still very happy and have a lot of treasured memories from over the years."
Harold and Barbara also received a message from the Queen.
Barbara said: "We got a photograph of the Queen on a special card. It was a lovely gift."