Dance leads to 60 years of marriage . . .

A couple who first met at a dance are celebrating 60 years of being married.

George and Brenda Aldersley, from Bailiff Bridge, were married at the former Bethel Methodist Church, Brighouse, on March 21, 1953.

Mr Aldersley, 83, is originally from Burnley and moved to Brighouse during the second world war. He attended the former Rastrick Grammar School.

He had several jobs in his lifetime which included being a magistrate in Bradford.

Mrs Aldersley is born and bred in Brighouse and used to attend Victoria Secondary School in Brighouse. She worked as a secretary at A. & J. R. Davison Limited, a coach company based in Brighouse, which she left to have her four children, Neil, Janet, Paul and the late Ian.

When the children grew up the 80-year-old worked in various secretarial positions before retiring.

The couple, who moved to Bradford for a short time, celebrated their anniversary with an open house for friends.

Then on Friday the couple and a vast numbert of family members were planning to enjoy a meal out but unfortunately had to cancel due to the snow.

Mrs Aldersley said they were hoping to reschedule it.

They say the best advice for a happy marriage is recognising one another’s strong points and working together. “You have both got to be tolerant with one another and you have just got to make what you can from it,” said Mrs Aldersley.

She said they have a wonderful family around them who are very supportive.

The couple also have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.