A HOLIDAY romance blossomed for a couple who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.
Peter and Elizabeth Noble, both 74, met in Blackpool and were soon inseparable.
They discovered they lived just miles apart in mining villages near Pontefract.
Peter, one of 15 children, left school at 15 to work at South Kirkby Colliery, while Elizabeth worked in Blakey’s factory making shoe parts, and drove an ice-cream van.
They met while Elizabeth was staying in Peter’s brother’s hotel in Blackpool. One night she was locked out and Peter let her in. He said: “We went out nearly every night after that!”
They were married at Brierley Register Office near Barnsley and went back to Blackpool on honeymoon.
They moved to South Kirkby and had two children, Russell, 42, and Joanne, 41.
In 1978 they took over the Ex Servicemen’s Club in Bradford Road, Cleckheaton. They were there for four years before taking on the Punch Bowl pub in Westgate, which they ran for 16 years, winning awards for their beer garden. They moved to Tong Street before moving to their current home in Penn Drive, Liversedge, 12 years ago.
They now have two grandsons, Steven 12, and Richard, 10.
They are celebrating with a family meal and holiday to Ibiza later this year.
Peter said: “We are very lucky to get to this stage in life. It doesn’t seem like 50 years has passed.”