Couple celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss

David and Shirley Simpson. (s)
David and Shirley Simpson. (s)

One of Clitheroe’s longest married couples who tied the knot 70 years ago have celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

David and Shirley Simpson (both 90), who have been “best friends” since the moment they met over seven decades ago, say the real secret of their long and happy marriage is “tolerance”.
The Clitheroe couple met in 1944 on a train at Prestwich, Manchester where David, who was then in the Royal Air Force, boarded the train with some of his fellow servicemen.
On seeing Shirley, he approached her to ask her to meet him the following evening so that they could attend a dance.
Shirley accepted and they have been together ever since. Three years later on March 1st, 1947, they were married.
Shirley and David have one son, David jr, who now lives in Australia and two grandchildren, Robert and Ellie.
After leaving the air force, David worked in the manufacturing of abrasives, while Shirley worked as a switchboard operator and general office worker.
They lived in Clayton-Le-Moors for many years before residing at Castleford Home for Older People in Queens Road, Clitheroe.
Shirley enjoys reading and walking while David also enjoys walking and they go for a walk every day, weather permitting.
Both David and Shirley used to be enthusiastic members of the amateur dramatic society.