Not being afraid to say sorry is one of many secrets to a happy marriage according to a Driffield couple who are celebrating 60 years together.
84-year-old Alan and Jean Allsopp, 85, of Eastgate South were married at Heckmondwhike Parish Church in West Yorkshire on February 6 in 1954 after meeting through the Dewsbury Young Liberals.
The couple lead a varied and exciting life together with Mr Allsopp having acted as a Liberal Councillor in Dewsbury, taking part in six elections.
The politician also acted as Alderman in the town and took on the role of magistrate at Dewsbury Magistrates Court, a position he held for 35 years.
Mr Allsopp, who worked for many years in engineering, also has a keen interest in the arts, acting as chairman of both Kirklees’ Arts Council and Dewsbury and District Arts Council.
Alan now acts as chairman of the Driffield Royal Airforce Association and holds the title of past chairman of Driffield Probus Club.
Mr Allsopp said of his wife: “Jean is wonderful, she has always been there to support me.”
Mrs Allsopp worked for many years as a private secretary in a solicitors firm.
And the couple have also worked together, running a fish and chip shop in Dewsbury.
Mr Allsopp said: “We have worked together in our marriage and in business, we have a very strong partnership.”
The pair, who received a telegram from the Queen to mark their milestone anniversary have two daughters, Ruth and Jane, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mr Allsopp shared his secrets of a long and happy marriage saying: “Really you’ve got to give and take, never go to bed on an argument.”