Clitheroe couple celebrate 50-year marriage

DIAMOND COUPLE: Fred and Marion Battersby. (s)

DIAMOND COUPLE: Fred and Marion Battersby. (s)

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GOLFING enthusiasts Fred and Marion Battersby will celebrate 50 years of marriage later this month.

Marion met Fred, who was then aged 18, when he was asked to do some plumbing work at the firm where Marion, aged sweet 16, worked in Audenshaw, Greater Manchester.

Originally from Yorkshire, Marion later married Fred, who was born at Stalybridge, Chesire, six years to the day they had first met on September 20th.

Tying the knot at St Stephen’s Church, Audenshaw, the couple set up home in Ashton-under-Lyne and had three daughters Lesley, Julie and Joanne.

Fred was a Freemason in Ashton-under-Lyne for many years and at one point held the office of Worshipful Master – the highest honour to which a lodge may appoint any of its members.

Together the couple were also members of Ashton-under-Lyne Golf Club regularly enjoying a round of golf or two for more than 20 years.

Fred and Marion also enjoyed family holidays to Scotland and once the children were older travelled extensively in the UK as well as enjoying trips to Italy and Canada.

The couple, who now have four grandchildren and are both in their early eighties, moved to the Ribble Valley 13 years ago to be closer to family. Settling in Clitheroe they joined Whalley Golf Club and Clitheroe U3A, but have both had to take a back seat in recent years due to ill health.

The couple will enjoy a lunch with family at the Spread Eagle at Sawley to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.