Happy diamond couple met at town hall dance

Good wine, good food and good holidays are behind a successful marriage that has lasted 60 years.

Ken and Marjorie Blacker will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with the family who mean so much to them.

The couple met at a dance at Dewsbury Town Hall in 1951 while in their teens. Mr Blacker, 80, did his national service in the RAF from 1952-1954, during which time he married his wife, on December 19 at St Peter’s in Earlsheaton. The newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Blackpool, where they indulged their love of dancing at the tower ballroom.

They bought their first house in Thornhill Lees and Mr Blacker took a job as a company merchandise controller. Mrs Blacker, 81, stayed at home to look after their two children – Andrew and Elizabeth, born in 1957 and 1960.

Mr Blacker went to work for a supermarket group in Leeds before the couple opened a newsagent and a shop in Thornhill, which they left in 1993.

Mrs Blacker described the man who caught her eye as “tall, dark and handsome”, while Mr Blacker said: “I always liked a beautiful girl – it was love at first sight.”

The couple, who live in Thornhill, have enjoyed a long and happy retirement, spending time with their five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and have recently enjoyed holidays with their son at his home in Spain.