A Ribble Valley couple are looking forward to sitting down to a meal with family to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
Mr and Mrs George and Maureen Waddington, who live in a bungalow on the outskirts of Clitheroe, will celebrate the milestone – 60 years of marriage – on May 25th.
The couple, who are now both in their early eighties, met while they were pupils at Ribblesdale secondary school in Clitheroe. They were reunited a few years later through George’s cousin, Fred Peel, who was working at West Bradford Mill where Maureen also worked at that time.
The couple tied the knot at West Bradford chapel in 1955 and went to live in Maureen’s family home in Pimlico Village, Clitheroe. Maureen’s parents, Frank and Clarice Walker, had bought the grocery shop next door and this closeness came in very handy when George and Maureen went on to have their two children Julie and Ian.
Originally from Sawley, George served his time as a joiner undertaking a seven year apprenticeship at Bolton-by-Bowland. After completing his National Service he took a job at Castle Cement in Clitheroe, first as a driver then as a transport, joiner and body builder – a job he remained in for the next 31 years.
Maureen, meanwhile, during motherhood, helped out in her parents’ shop before becoming a cleaner at Castle Cement for 13 years and then working for the same length of time as a cleaner for Mearley Vets in Clitheroe.
In their spare time, the couple have enjoyed an active social life, with Maureen inheriting her father Frank Walker’s passion for golf and playing for many years at Clitheroe Golf Club. Her father was a golf professional at Clitheroe and the club’s greenkeeper for 20 years.
Maureen has also been a keen darts player and started playing darts at her then local, The Black Horse on Pimlico Road, more than 30 years ago before the ladies’ league was even formed.
Picking up a number of both singles and doubles titles over the years, Maureen played for a variety of different teams ending with Clitheroe’s catholic club.
These days, however, Maureen has turned her hand to a new sport – indoor carpet bowling at Tosside.
George’s main hobbies are gardening, walking the couple’s 13-year-old dog Billy and meeting up with friends for a drink at the catholic club.
The proud grandparents of five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, the couple told the Clitheroe Advertiser, the secret to their long and happy marriage is “looking after each other”.