LOVE blossomed for a couple after what they thought was their first dance.
Yet after Frank and Pat Wright were married 50 years ago today, they realised they had danced together as school children! The two met while they were working at Cook’s Mill, Heckmondwike, but did not get to know each other until they went to a dance at Dewsbury Town Hall.
Their first date was to see Ocean’s 11 at Bradford Odeon. Of their engagement Frank said: “We went to Leeds and coming back I put the ring on Pat’s finger on the top deck of a double decker.” They married at Roberttown Parish Church and friends from Huddersfield Luddite Scooter Club escorted the car.
They honeymooned at the Metropole in Blackpool and two months later they moved into their home in Water Royd Avenue, Mirfield. Frank ran Frank A Wright Family Butchers in Knowle Road for 31 years.
The couple have spent more than 40 years fundraising for many charities including Holly Bank School, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Hope and Homes for Children, and are members of the Mirfield Support Group for Kirkwood Hospice, which has raised more than £70,000 since 2000.
Frank is in Mirfield Rotary Club and Pat is in Heckmondwike Inner Wheel.
The couple will celebrate with family including daughters, Amanda, 49, and Deborah, 47, and granddaughters Josephine, 14, and Grace, eight, at Ponderosa.