Happy platinum wedding anniversary! Alf and June celebrate 70 years of married bliss


When Alf and June Bailey first tied the knot Britain was still recovering from the throes of the Second World War – now 70 years later they remain happily married.

Alf, aged 93, and June, aged 90, of Chell, should have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on August 19 with a party at the Floral Hall.

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced that to be cancelled, they were instead due to enjoy a garden party with family – but June had to miss it after being taken into hospital.

Now, they are looking forward to celebrating properly in the near future, with their nine children, 24 grandchildren, more than 30 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Daughter Sheila Gregory, aged 65, of Chell, said: “They have known each other since school, but they got together in 1948.

June and Alf Bailey have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary

“There used to be a club called the Scaler on Ladywell Road in Tunstall that was a dance where it started.

“Then they got married at St Mary’s Church in Tunstall in 1950. My dad was a panel beater. My mum mainly stayed at home – but with nine children she had quite a lot to do.

“They used to love dancing and they did like coming out for breakfasts and meals with us, but my mum has got no mobility now.

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“They have both been in hospital recently which has been horrible, it has been very worrying and we couldn’t visit because of coronavirus.

“We were going to have a big garden party for them, which we did have, but my mum had to go into hospital.

“Before that we planned to have a party at the Floral Hall, but we will do something in the future.”

During the 70 years of their marriage, Alf and June have witnessed many changes around Stoke-on-Trent, such as the decline of the pottery industry and the closure of all the city’s pits, the reclamation of former land at mining sites and the construction of the A500.

Their marriage has stretched through 16 different Prime Ministers, from Clement Attlee to Boris Johnson, and the reigns of two monarchs, with Queen Elizabeth II succeeding her father George VI to the throne in 1952, two years after Alf and June tied the knot.

During the happy years of their marriage they welcomed the births of nine children, Lynne, Tony, Wendy, Sheila, Ian, Janet, Steven, Leslie and Jill.

Sheila said: “Growing up it was good. With nine children there were arguments, but the older kids always helped out.

“Mum and dad are brilliant parents. We all look up to them. Now we are looking after them.”

Asked the secret of her parents long and happy marriage, Sheila added: “I think they just gel. They just get on with each other and talk things out with each other.

“We all look up to them.”





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