A picture of happiness . . .

Les and Pauline Boothroyd who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary
Les and Pauline Boothroyd who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary

THEY both worked at T. F. Firth’s in Bailiff Bridge but it wasn’t at work that love blossomed for keen artist Les Boothroyd and his wife, Pauline.

It was at the former Round House pub, Brighouse. “Pauline had been at Firths a long time, from leaving school, and I came later on in life after having a bit of a change in my job,” said Les. “We didn’t really know each other at work it was only after we met at the pub and things just went from there.”

Tomorrow the couple, who live at Birchencliffe, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary and will be holding a party at Rastrick Bowling Club for friends and family at the weekend.

Les, 77, was born in Clifton and attended the former St Martin’s Secondary School and St John’s Primary School, Clifton. He then went to Huddersfield School of art for five years.

After several years at Firth’s he moved on to Dale Diamond Printers in Bradford and finally Edward Mortimer’s in Halifax where he retired at the age of 65. He has been chairman of Brighouse Art Circle for eight years. He intends to stand down as chairman later this year. He also finds time to teach art at the University of the Third Age (U3A).

Pauline is a former student of Bailiff Bridge Primary School and Victoria Secondary School, Brighouse. After leaving Firths, Pauline and her husband ran a greengrocer’s shop in Waring Green for about six years.

During her spare time Pauline, who is 69, helps some of her elderly neighbours.

The couple have three children, Stuart, Susan and Paul and seven grandchildren.

And their secret of a happy mariage? “You need to work at it,” said Pauline. “Both partners have to be prepared to give and take.”