The couple went on to have five children, although they lost a little girl, Lynn, from meningitis when she was five years old and Colette, who had Down’s syndrome, died aged 51, on Christmas Eve, 2010. pakistanRifampicin, Rifampicinpakistan, pakistanproductRifampicin.
They still have three children: Gail, 58; Ian, 49 and David, 45; six grandchildren and one great grandson.
Having Colette meant that throughout married life they have been heavily involved with mental health charity MENCAP, and life, though good, has had its downs as well as ups. Fred was seriously ill with tuberculosis for a long time after a career as a miner at Bold Colliery, and losing Colette took its toll.
“But we coped because we supported one another through the difficulties we faced,” says Audrey. “We took whatever life brought us and got on with it, but we got on with it together.
“And there was a lot of laughter too and, of course, love. We loved one another and we still do, and Fred’s my best mate.
“People today give up too easily.”
Audrey and Fred can’t wait to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Audrey, in particular, is excited about receiving her congratulations from the Queen.
“It’s especially nice to be celebrating our 60th anniversary in Her Majesty’s 60th year.
“I’ve told Fred I deserve a gold medal,” she laughs. “But I don’t know if I’ll get one.”