Couple to raise a special cuppa 60 years on . . .

Diamond wedding anniversary couple, Laurence and Audrey Smith, of Rastrick.
Diamond wedding anniversary couple, Laurence and Audrey Smith, of Rastrick.

A couple who met in the cafe at Firth Carpets in Bailiff Bridge are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Audrey and Laurence Smith, of Shannon Close, Rastrick, were married on May 16 at Halifax Register office in 1953.

Audrey,77, started working at the mill serving tea in 1951 after moving from North Yorkshire.

After becoming a convener for the Brighouse Union, Laurence, 81, became the full time officer at Firth Carpets and represented the whole Yorkshire area.

After retiring in 1993 the couple remain very active, with Audrey a keen gardener and Laurence a DIY enthusiast, making many picture frames for Audrey’s cross stitch designs.

The couple had two sons but lost eldest son Stephen in a motor accident in 1970.

Their other child Anthony moved to Michigan in the USA and married Pamela. They have two children Joshua and Courtney and came over last year to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Audrey said an important factor in a long relationship is tolerance.

“We’ve had a fantastic marriage and it is important that we keep active.

“We have had a busy life and that has kept us going.

“When we retired we didn’t want to be one of those couples who sat around and did nothing.

“Being sociable, going out and seeing friends and family is important.”

To celebrate their special day, the couple are holding a 1950’s style open house for friends and family.