Clitheroe couple celebrate 65-year marriage

Kenneth and Gladys Snape who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary (blue sapphire).

Kenneth and Gladys Snape who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary (blue sapphire).

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Not everybody knows what a blue sapphire wedding anniversary is, but Kenneth and Gladys Snape could tell you.

It marks 65 years of marriage.

Kenneth and Gladys Snape who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary (blue sapphire).

Kenneth and Gladys Snape who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary (blue sapphire).

And that is what Kenneth (86) and Gladys (85), of Wansfell Road, Clitheroe, will celebrate next week when it will be 65 years to the day since they tied the knot at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church, Great Harwood.

And to show how long-lived marriages sometimes run in the family, Kenneth’s late parents, Ted and Ethel Snape, of Pine Grove, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 1972.

Kenneth was playing for his Clitheroe youth club football team against a Great Harwood side when the couple met. They started courting, got married and spent the first few years of married life at Great Harwood before moving to Victoria Street, Clitheroe.

Kenneth, who had previously worked as a butcher’s assistant, was employed at Dawson’s hardware store for 25 years when it in Parson Lane. He later worked in packing and dispatch for Trutex.

Always keen on sport, he supported Clitheroe FC for many years.

Gladys worked as an inspector in aircraft parts and textiles at Great Harwood and then at Trutex, Clitheroe, before finally working at the Brockhall Hospital shop.

As for happy married life, Gladys says: “Any couple who say they’ve never fallen out are telling lies. You just have to see each other’s side and laugh about it afterwards.”

The couple will be spending their anniversary day quietly, but are planning a get-together later at their home “for our good friends and neighbours”.