Dick and Ruth’s stunning 70

Ruth and Dick Fawcett are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversay. (D554B347)
Ruth and Dick Fawcett are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversay. (D554B347)

A Cleckheaton couple have celebrated a marital milestone after clocking up 70 years of wedded bliss.

Dick and Ruth Fawcett celebrated their platinum wedding with a party at their home for family and neighbours, and even received a congratulatory card from the Queen.

The couple met while Dick was on leave from the army during WWII and Ruth was working at Garnett’s which, at the time, was used as a munitions factory.

Daughter Joan Rhodes said: “When he first saw her, he asked a friend what her name was, and said ‘she is the girl I’m going to marry’.

“They met in the August of 1943, and they were wed by November.”

Dick served in the Royal Engineers and had a major part to play in the D-Day landings, working on a Mulberry Harbour which helped offload cargo onto the beaches in Normandy. After the war he returned home and the couple had two children, Joan and Peter. They moved to Ash Grove in 1964, where Dick, 91, and Ruth, 92, have remained to this day.

Joan added: “They were thrilled to bits at their cardfrom the Queen, and really enjoyed the party.”