Waterlooville couple say they're 'the best of friends' on diamond anniversary

‘I fell for her that day. She had lovely blue eyes and a beautiful smile,’ says Derek Malthouse, as he looks adoringly at his wife Peggy.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 4:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 4:02 pm
Derek and Peggy Malthouse, from Waterlooville, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on June 11 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: Sarah Standing.

Celebrating 60 years of marriage, the Malthouses, from Waterlooville, recall how they met during the winter of 1955.

Derek, 82, says: ‘Peggy and I first met at St George’s Church youth club in Waterlooville. She was 16 and I was 17.

‘We got engaged the same year.’

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Peggy and Derek on their wedding day in 1960.

During their five-year engagement, Derek was working as an agricultural mechanic apprentice and Peggy was working in a small shop in Cosham. They tied the knot at St George’s Church, Waterlooville, on June 11, 1960.

‘We moved into a small property in London Road, Cowplain,’ explains Peggy, née Walsh.

‘We had two sons. David, who was born in April 1963 – the very hard winter – and Christopher was born in April 1966.’

While raising their sons, Derek worked for Southern Electric for 36 years and Peggy was a district commissioner with the Girl Guides for 20 years.

Derek and Peggy Malthouse, from Waterlooville, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on June 11 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: Sarah Standing.

Derek says: ‘Christopher emigrated to New Zealand in 2005 and we have visited him and his family twice.’

The Malthouses are also grandparents to eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Although they haven’t celebrated how they hoped, they enjoyed seeing their family and friends from a distance.

Peggy smiles and says: ‘We’re celebrating over two days and have allocated time slots for our family to come and see us at a social distance.’

Looking back across the past 60 years, Derek and Peggy say they couldn’t be without each other.

Derek says: ‘These 60 years have whizzed by. It feels like we got married yesterday.

‘We’re the best of friends – he means the world to me,’ adds Peggy.