Sweethearts’ 60 years together . . .

Diamond wedding couple Bill and Brenda Marshall.
Diamond wedding couple Bill and Brenda Marshall.

Teenage sweethearts who met at a dance are celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary today.

William and Brenda Marshall of Highmoor Lane, Clifton, were married at St John’s Church in Rastrick.

The couple met at Idle ballroom in Bradford when William was 18-years-old and Brenda, 16.

In the same week, William was called up into the armed forces and trained in Newport and Pembroke Dock in Wales where he reached the status as Lance Bombardier and eventually trained new recruits.

When he finished his service he trained as a fireman on the locomotives.

The couple eventually married a couple of years later and moved to Brighouse.

One of the features from the day was the wedding cake made by Brenda’s mum which was so big that they had to call on the help of Wright & Co Biscuits on Bramston Street, Rastrick, to help bake the cake.

William, 80, then spent over 30 years at Blakeboroughs and finished his final working days at the hotel, now the Holiday Inn, on Coal Pit Lane, Clifton.

He was a keen sportsman and had trials with Bradford City.

He is a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town football club and a member of the Blue and White foundation.

Brenda, 78, worked as a telephonist at the company GPO which was based on Park Row in Brighouse town centre.

They have also been long term members on the committee of the Highmoor Lane and Kiln Fold residents association.

The couple have two sons, Stephen and Graham, one grand daughter and the latest addition to the family great grandson Cameron.

They plan to celebrate their special day by going for a family meal at the Wyke Lion.