A Selston couple who devoted their spare time to helping youngsters enjoy sport have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Dolph and Betty Coles, both born and raised in Selston, celebrated their anniversary last Thursday and had a party with friends and family in Jacksdale on Saturday.
Dolph, 85, is one of six siblings and he attended Selston Church of England School. He left school aged 14 and went to work at a pipe yard – but he was soon envious of his pals who were working down the pit.
He said: “When I got my first wage packet, they all got 10 shillings more than me.”
Eventually, Dolph started work at the Bull and Butcher pit in Selston before moving to nearby Pye Hill.
Remembering his time as a miner, he added: “It was hard but it was smashing. The camaraderie between miners was the strongest in the world. They worked together an played football and cricket together.”
It was while he was playing cricket that Dolph met his future wife Betty who had gone to watch her brother.
Betty, worked for various companies including Black’s Sportswear and the Metal Box and Sutton. Later, she was a cleaner at a firm in Selston.
Dolph has always been an ardent sports supporter, while Betty loves gardening and is a huge Tom Jones fan.
With support from Betty, Dolph also ran the under-16s football team in Selston and loves cricket and darts.
The couple have four children and five grandchildren.