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Air raid meeting led to diamond marriage for Maryport pair

The only good thing that came from a tragic bombing during World War Two was that it allowed Ronnie and Marjorie Orchard to meet.

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CELEBRATION: Maryport couple Ronnie and Marjorie Orchard reached their diamond wedding anniversary yesterday

The couple, from Edinburgh Road, Maryport, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Ronnie’s father was from Maryport but had moved to Plymouth. He brought his family back to his home town when Ronnie was 10 following a serious bombing.

Marjorie was from Workington but had a job at Maryport’s Bata shoe factory where the couple first met.

Ronnie, now 82, was 21 at the time but said he liked the 18-year-old right away.

The path of love did not run smoothly, however, when Marjorie got a job as housemaid at Oundle Public School in Northamptonshire.

Ronnie returned to Plymouth but when Marjorie went back to Maryport he followed her and they married.

They lived with one of Marjorie’s aunts in Workington until they found their own house in Kirkby Street, Maryport.

The couple had six children – four boys and two girls – but Marjorie worked all her life, first at Bata and then at a food factory.

“I used to stop, have a baby and go back to work,” she said.

Ronnie was a machinist working for Bata and Electraflow and went down the pits for three years.

He eventually opened his own television repair shop in Crosby Street, Maryport, which he closed on retirement.

Nowadays Marjorie is an enthusiastic member of the Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, serving on the committee and on the Ewanrigg community centre committee.

Their recipe for a successful 60-year-old marriage?

She says it is accepting when the other person is right. His answer is simple: “ I love her.”

Have your say

What a wonderful story & what a wonderful Couple, im so - so happy for them both, i remember moving to Maryport in 1969 as a 7 year old Lad to live with My Nan Kathy, Ronnie, Marjorie & Family lived 2 doors up & were good Friends with My Nan & My Nans Family.
There door was always open & like most of the Families in those days they had nowt, however whatever they had was equally shared amongst All.
I have now worked abroad in the Middle East for the past 8 years however whenever im back home in the "Port" i always make a effort to meet up with Marjorie, normally on Senhouse Street, She, like Ronnie, is always up for a crack & has a wonderful zest for life, People could learn a lot from People like them nowadays.
I personally would like to wish them All the very best on there wonderous occasion & wish them many more too come, thanks both for some fantastic Childhood memories, take care & enjoy the moment. Kevin Winn.

Posted by Kevin Winn on 3 December 2012 at 19:06

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