ACCRINGTON’S best known photographer and his wife celebrated a picture perfect day when they marked their diamond wedding anniversary on Monday.
Garth Dawson, 84, and his wife Dorothy, 82, first met at an Accrington Conservative Club dance in 1944 and straight away Garth knew that something would develop.
He asked Dorothy to model for him while he practiced his portraits and that was the start of their 60 years together.
Garth said: "I remember when we met at the dance. I thought she was very photogenic – a beautiful blonde."
The couple wed at St Mary Magdalen Church in Accrington five years later, and Garth went on to establish the Garth Dawson Studio in Bridge Street, Accrington, which he has since sold.
He also worked for the Observer where he covered the town’s news for 30 years, while Dorothy took an office job at the Eubank Carpet Sweeper works.
They had two daughters: Barbara, now a doctor, and Judith, a support teacher.
And now four grandchildren have also been added to the family – two boys and two girls.
Garth retired aged 72, but he is still a keen amateur photographer and an enthusiastic member of Accrington Camera Club, where he is the monthly competition secretary.
And he revealed the secret to a long and happy marriage: "Keep busy, work hard and enjoy life!"
Garth and Dorothy marked their big day with a family party at daughter Barbara’s home and a get-together with friends from the Camera Club.
The couple are now enjoying their retirement and especially spending time working in their garden and allotment.