Diamond couple met at sock-makers

Peter and Hilda Wilkins
Peter and Hilda Wilkins

A couple who met while working together at a Belper sock-makers are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Peter Wilkins, 84, was born in Belper and Hilda, 80, nee Clarke, who was born in Ripley, met while they were both working at Flanders, on Days Lane, in Belper.

In later years, Peter worked as a foreman at Adshead & Ratcliffe in Belper. Hilda continued to work for Flanders from home whilst looking after their two daughters, Lesley and Lorraine.

They were married on March 27, 1954, at Belper Registry Office and now live on William Holmes Court, in Ripley.

When asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, Hilda said: “Talking through any problems and keeping the rest of the family close.”