A Brighouse couple who met on the dance floor are still in step after six decades of happy marriage.
Pauline and Dennis Robinson, of Granny Hall Lane, were married on December 19, 1953, at St Martin’s Church. The couple will celebrate their diamond anniversary with a family lunch.
Pauline, aged 82, and Dennis, 85, have both played an active part in the life of St Chad’s Church since the 1960s.
Dennis is a member of the church choir and has just retired as church warden after 18 years. Pauline has been involved with the Ladies’ Society for many years and serves as secretary.
“The church has been and continues to be a very important part of our lives,” said Pauline. “We have made so many friends through St Chad’s.”
The couple have also been involved in Scouting locally with Dennis serving as scout leader at Hove Edge and later assistant district commissioner and Pauline volunteering as cub leader.
Dennis is a member of Brighouse Probus Club and is past chairman and secretary and Pauline is a member of Brighouse Third Age group.
“We both enjoy doing things together but we both have our own interests as well,” said Dennis.
Not long after the couple’s ruby wedding anniversary, Dennis had lung cancer and underwent surgery to remove a lung.
“I used to love singing and have taken many leading roles with Brighouse Light Opera Society but since my operation I can’t sing as well as I used to. But we have been remarkably lucky with our health. We are both still able to get out and about and go on holidays,” said Dennis.
The couple met at a dance in St John’s Church Hall, Rastrick, and were married four years later. They have one son, Mark, who is married to Michelle.
Dennis, a keen gardener, is a qualified metallurgist who worked at David Brown’s and still works one day a week calibrating measuring instruments for Kent Introl. Pauline worked in the office at ICI in Huddersfield.
“We like to keep active and busy and are lucky to have a good group of friends,” said Pauline.