Diamond day for Chatteris couple as they celebrate 60 years of marriage

 Richard and Margeret Barltrop,60th Wedding Anniversary.

Richard and Margeret Barltrop,60th Wedding Anniversary. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris couple Margaret and Richard Barltrop have celebrated 60 years of marriage with a short get away.

 Richard and Margeret Barltrop,60th Wedding Anniversary.

Richard and Margeret Barltrop,60th Wedding Anniversary. - Credit: Archant

The couple met at a Methodist youth club in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and were married at Buckingham Methodist Church on January 7 1956.

Mr Barltrop was serving in the RAF when they were first married and the couple moved around. They settled in Chatteris after he was demobbed from RAF Wyton in 1965.

Initially Mr Barltrop worked as an electrician, the trade he had in the air force, but he later went back to college to train as a teacher.

He then taught at Burrowmoor School in March for many years. Mrs Barltrop, was working as telegraphist when she first married but had to give up her job because of her husband’s RAF postings. She worked as a general assistant at the King Edward School after moving to Chatteris and was there for 28 years.


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The couple have two children Andrew, who is married to Susan and lives in Haddenham, and Lucy who is married to Mark and lives away.

They have four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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They celebrated by spending four nights away at a favourite spot in Northamptonshire.

Mr and Mrs Barltrop are keen singers and have been members of the Chatteris church choir for many years. Mr Barltrop also enjoyed model railways in his younger days.

The couple received an anniversary card from the Queen among the numerous congratulatory cards and messages.

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