60-years of bliss for couple

A chance meeting at a garden party led to a long-lasting marriage for a devoted Kimberley couple who have marked their Diamond wedding anniversary.

Dennis and Gloria Hibbert, who spent their first date back in 1947 boating down the River Trent, celebrated 60 years of marriage with a party at the Lawrence Centre in Eastwood.

Born and bred in Kimberley, both went to local schools.

After dating for five years, they tied the knot at the town’s Holy Trinity Church.

Before becoming a member of the clergy, 88-year-old Dennis was an engineer and worked for four firms including Birnham Products in Eastwood and Wolsey in Kimberley. He was attached to several churches across the county, before being appointed rector at St Patrick’s Church in Nuthall in 1985.

Dennis was a long-serving member of Eastwood Male Voice Choir and was a founding member of the Kimberley and District Musical Society.

Gloria, 81 worked at A C Gills and Bairnswear in the lace manufacturing and textile industry. She served as a justice of the peace, was involved in the Samaritans, helped out at Kimberley’s Children’s Society charity shop and was a member of St Patrick’s Mothers Union.

When asked what the secret to a long-lasting marriage was, she said: “Give and take and sharing life’s problems. Working through things together in difficult times.”

The couple have two sons, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.