A SELSTON couple were treated to champagne, flowers and a card from the Queen when they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary over Christmas.
Stephen and Dorothy Rogers enjoyed a trip to the Isle of Wight with friends for their anniversary on 23rd December – which was also when Dorothy celebrated her 80th birthday.
And it was a trip down memory lane for the pair who also celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on the island retreat.
Dorothy, who is one of seven siblings, was born in Arnold and grew up in Gedling, while Stephen, who is one of four children, is originally from Eastwood.
After leaving Gedling School, Dorothy went to work at the Co-op before moving to the Nottingham tobacco firm Player’s and this is where the couple first met.
Stephen, 81, completed two years’ National Service in the RAF and then went to work at the Bull and Butcher pit in Selston.
He spent several years as a lorry driver before returning to the pit.
Dorothy finished her job when she got married but returned to work at Selston Co-op when the children were older.
The couple were married on Dorothy’s 20th birthday at Gedling church, in an unforgettable day for the happy couple.
The pair have lived at the family home, on Green Crescent, since they got married after Stephen moved from Eastwood to Westwood before finally settling in Selston.
They have since gone on to have two children, Lynn, 57, and Paul, 53, along with two grandchildren, Marc, 31, and Kelly, 26.
The couple’s shared interests include playing indoor carpet bowls, socialising and going out for meals in the local area.
They also enjoy going on holiday and used to go on trips together.
When they are at home, Dorothy likes doing crosswords, while Stephen supports Nottingham Forest.
Speaking after their anniversary, delighted Dorothy said: “We want to thank friends and relatives for all the lovely cards. And thank you to Lynn for all the trouble she has gone to.”