Glittering day for platinum couple

Fred and Rita Moffatt from Morpeth celebrating their Platinum wedding anniversary.
Fred and Rita Moffatt from Morpeth celebrating their Platinum wedding anniversary.

GOLD and diamonds are old hat for one Morpeth couple, as they celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary.

Fred and Rita Moffatt reached the remarkable 70-year milestone this week.

The pair, who live in Loansdean, are both Morpethians born and bred and met all those years ago at a dance at the local parochial hall.

Romance blossomed and in 1941 they were married at St Mary’s Church in the town.

At the time, Mr Moffatt was serving in the RAF during the Second World War. After the war he joined the police service, in which he worked for more than 30 years, mainly in CID.

The couple moved to Gosforth, Whitley Bay and Blyth for his work, before returning to Morpeth. They have one son, Brian, who now lives in Scotland.

Mr Moffatt, 91, is well known in Morpeth for writing local history books, but he says he couldn’t have done it without his wife’s support.

“Rita has always been very supportive and she has helped me with my research,” he said. “Seventy years is a long time, I can tell you.”

And the secret of a long, happy marriage?

“What’s the secret is a big question, but I think mainly it comes down to you have always got to have a bit of give and take on both sides. You need to have that.”

The couple celebrated their anniversary quietly at home with friends.

Mr Moffatt said: “When you’re 91 and your wife is 90 you don’t do a lot of celebrating, but we had a few friends over at the house.”