Childhood sweethearts 
enjoy their diamond day

Don and Nancy Metcalfe celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Don and Nancy Metcalfe celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Donald Metcalfe “scouted” his diamond darling Nancy at a church group, and the rest is history!

Don was 19 and Nancy was 14 when they first met at Scouts and Guides at St Mark’s Church, Siddal.

Fittingly the couple married where they first met on September 11, 1954.

The childhood sweethearts, who are past presidents of Brighouse Rotary and Brighouse Inner Wheel clubs, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends at The Ring O Bells, Thornton.

The couple, who say they have been “friends forever”, received a congratulatory card from The Queen which they said was a highlight of their special day.

Don, originally from Leeds, served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers until his demob, and went on to have a career in the motor industry with Rocar (Huddersfield) Limited and latterly at Perry’s.

As a lifelong church chorister, Don has served at St Mark’s, Brighouse Parish Church, Ripponden Parish Church and Halifax Minster.

He currently sings with Overgate Hospice Choir, and is well-known on the West Yorkshire speaking circuit.

Don served in the National Service for two years but says his achivements pale in comparison with those of his wife, who he describes as an “excellent home economist”.

Nancy, who was born in Bank Top, Southowram, served her apprenticeship as a tailoress at Elsie Whiteley’s in Halifax.

After bringing up their children Susan and Christopher, she was an active volunteer for Brighouse Meals on Wheels.

A keen seamstress and knitter, Nancy was also involved in a local project to make a tapestry frieze – now on display at Halifax Minster - depicting life through the ages in Halifax.

She is well-known to many in Southowram as the village Guider, where she ran the 2nd Southowram Guides for many years.

Don and Nancy have three grandchildren: Michael, Callum and Jonathan.

Ten years ago for their golden wedding anniversary, the couple toured New Zealand and are not strangers to travelling, embarking on many journeys together.

They have had a caravan for many years and travelled extensively both in and out of England.

And their secret behind a successful marriage?

“We don’t argue!” laughs Don.