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Leek couple Pat and Basil Hine celebrate their diamond anniversary

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Basil and Pat Hine on their wedding day in 1954 at St Edward's Church in Leek.

  • Pat and Basil Hine with their greeting card from The Queen.

  • Pat and Basil Hine with their greeting card from The Queen.

  • Pat and Basil Hine as they are now. Below, inset, on their wedding day in 1954.

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A couple who used to run a shop together in Leek have celebrated six decades of marriage.

Pat (nee Rule) first came to Leek in 1943 as an evacuee from Romford, Essex.

She liked the town so much that she returned to the Staffordshire Moorlands in 1949.

It was four years later, when she and a friend were walking around the Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek, that she met Basil.

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Looking back, Leek born and bred Basil, who was the eldest of 17 children, said: "I had just come out of the Army.

"We came across two young ladies and the next thing one of them, Pat, was on my arm, and the other, her friend, was on my brother's arm."

Six months later, the couple married, both then aged 21, at St Edward's Church in Leek.

Pat, who was one of 13 children, said: "It just happened. We must have fallen in love at first sight."

At the time of their marriage in 1954, time Pat was a machinist for H Buxton and Sons Ltd in Salisbury Street, and Basil was an employee of Brough, Nicholson and Hall Ltd.

After the ceremony, conducted by Rev G Yowell, 22 guests were entertained at 15 Hugo Street, Leek – the home of Basil's grandparents Mr and Mrs S Hine.

The couple honeymooned in Worcester and first lived together at Basil's grandparents in Hugo Street, Leek, where he had been brought up.

After several months, the newlyweds then got their first place together in one of the new-build flats in Queens Drive, where they lived for three years before moving into a new council-owned house in Princess Avenue.

After starting a family together, they then did a house-exchange for a bigger property in Thorncliffe View.

The couple lost their first child, Angela, at just one week old. She had been born with Spina bifida.

Their youngest child, Margaret, who was born with brain damage, passed away at the age of six.

Also, their only son, Simon, lost his life in a road crash eight years ago at the age of 43. Their daughters are Patricia Heath, now aged 56, and Susan Williams, aged 54. Basil and Pat also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pat and Basil, now both aged 81, moved to their current home Westbourne Close, Leek 14 years ago after retiring and shutting up the general store of Pat's Pad, which they had run together in Broad Street, Leek, for 13 years.

Prior to the retail partnership, the couple had both worked at factories in Leek and surrounding area including Lux Lux in Frith Street, Brittain's Paper Mill in Cheddleton, and Brough, Nicholson and Hall, where Pat, Basil, and their three middle children had al. worked together at one point.

Basil also served as a Special Constable for 22 years between 1956 and 1976.

Now the couple enjoy attending Gala Bingo in Hanley twice a week. Pat enjoys crosswords while Basil looks after their garden.

As for their secret to six decades of marriage, Basil said: "It's all about compromise. We haven't really argued."

However, Pat's answer to their long marriage was: "He does as he's told."

And when asked if Basil has been a romantic through their marriage, Pat said: "Well he must have been romantic at some points because we had five children."

To celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, Pat and Basil, who have received a card from HRH The Queen, had a family meal at Ye Olde Rock in Upperhulme, Leek.

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