Diamond date for couple who met in the pool

Ronald and Joan Binns celebrate their Diamond Wedding
Ronald and Joan Binns celebrate their Diamond Wedding

A swimming-mad couple who met at the former Brighouse Baths in 1949 are celebrating their diamond wedding with a family party today.

Ronald and Joan Binns, of Shibden Hall Croft, Halifax, were married at Bridge End Congregational Church, Rastrick, on July 4, 1953.

Ronald and Joan Binns celebrate their Diamond Wedding

Ronald and Joan Binns celebrate their Diamond Wedding

They were both keen swimmers and used to take part in competitions. But their courtship was interrupted by Mr Binn’s National Service when he spent a year in the Sudan with the RAF.

“We didn’t see each other for a whole year but we wrote to each other every day,” said Mrs Binns.

The couple’s first home was at Rastrick Common and Mr Binns worked as a creeler at Firth’s Carpets, Bailiff Bridge, as an insurance salesman and as a milkman in Bradford for 17 years while Mrs Binns, now 79, was a swimming development officer, working with children. The couple, who lived in Hipperholme before moving to Shibden, have three children - Graham, aged 58, Martyn, 55, and Jillian, 50 - and four grandchildren.

Mr Binns, 81, said: “We used to love travelling and have been on holidays all over the world, to North and South America, India, China, Japan and Russia.”