A COUPLE who met in Blackpool and discovered they lived two miles from each other in Yorkshire celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday.
David and Margaret Gale met in 1959 while they were on holiday in Blackpool and got chatting.
They soon discovered they lived within walking distance of each other, with Margaret living in Batley and David in Heckmondwike.
A few months after their holidays the couple went on a date and began courting. Margaret was 21 and David was 19.
They were married at St Mary’s Church in Batley on July 21, 1962. Margaret said: “It was windy – the flowers were blowing down the road!”
The couple spent a week in Ireland on honeymoon, and moved to Batley on their return.
David worked at Heckmondwike Boot Works and at Henry Boot training apprentices.
Margaret worked at Fox’s Biscuits before moving on to Batley Boys’ Grammar School.
They have three children, Paula, 48; Catherine, 48, and Mark, 38.
The couple have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They now live in Heckmondwike.
They go on holiday to Blackpool every year and enjoyed family caravan holidays at their own caravan in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
They will mark their milestone with a family holiday later this year.
They said their 50 years together had passed very quickly.
David said: “It feels like a feather has dropped from the ceiling and 50 years has gone in the same time.”