A WELL-known Hereford couple have celebrated a milestone anniversary.

Colin and Diana Greenland, of the former Greenlands store in Hereford’s High Town, have this year celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

The Greenlands store, once one of Hereford’s most popular businesses, used to be based in the current Marks and Spencer building in High Town.

Colin Greenland met Diana in 1962 at the Red Lion in Bredwardine when she was furnishing the guest lounge, along with her dog named Mischief. They married at the Holy Trinity Church in Hereford on July 18, 1963.

Hereford Times: Colin and Diana GreenlandColin and Diana Greenland (Image: Greenland family)

“If anyone attended the Whitecross Nursery playgroup in the Holy Trinity Scout Hut next to the church, they may remember seeing our wedding procession,” said Mrs Greenland, recounting how bustling the city was on her wedding day.


“Now, we have one fantastic daughter and two lovely grandchildren,” she added.

The Greenlands department store attracted visitors from far and wide, with the business at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s when it had more than 200 employees and was known as the Harrods of the West.

After selling the shop to Marks and Spencer for £350,000 and moving the business to Widemarsh Street, the couple retired in 2003.