Golden times for Littletown couple

Golden wedding celebration for David and Audrey Crossland. (D549A341)
Golden wedding celebration for David and Audrey Crossland. (D549A341)

David Crossland hit the jackpot when he spotted a young girl playing a fruit machine in Hightown, because 50 years on the couple are celebrating their golden wedding.

The couple, who live in Littletown, met at Hightown Park View Club back in the early 1960s.

“I saw Audrey playing the one-armed bandit. She was there with her mum and dad, and we got talking and started going out,” said David.

A year later they were married at Liversedge Parish Church and set up home in Well Street.

Throughout their married life they have lived in Littletown and Liversedge, and 20 years ago moved into their present home in Ings Road.

They have been active members of the Healds Hall Tenants and Residents’ Association – David has been its chairman since 1995 and Audrey was secretary for many years.

“It’s been a big part of our lives,” said David.

“We’ve fought for many improvements on the estate such as new kitchens and bathrooms, and more recently the double yellow lines near the Job Centre.

“But it’s also been a social thing. We’ve held coffee mornings, trips and parties, and before Ings Grange was demolished we held many of them there. They were really good times.”

David has had several jobs throughout his working life, starting at Cooke’s Mill, Joe Drake’s pig and poultry farm, Burnley’s Mill and Firth’s. Audrey worked at BBA and Woods Gaskets.

They have also both been connected with Millbridge WMC, and Audrey was a talented painter.

The couple held two parties to celebrate their special anniversary, one at the Radcliffe Nursing Home in Mirfield where Audrey is currently living, and another at the Toby Jug in Littletown.

They have two sons, Gary and Brian, and three grand-children.