Happy day for couple

Julia and Roy Purdy who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. (d26101156)

Julia and Roy Purdy who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. (d26101156)

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WHEN Julia Hepworth decided to go on a night out to Dewsbury in the hopes of meeting up with Roy Purdy, little did she know Roy was in Heckmondwike that same evening hoping to bump into her!

Roy and Julia met while working at CWS Bootworks in Heckmondwike, and went on a staff holiday together, where they hit it off.

The following night, Julia decided to go to Dewsbury, as Roy told her he often went there on a Saturday night.

But Roy had the same idea and went to Heckmondwike to look for her.

Now after 50 happy years of marriage the couple are celebrating their golden wedding today.

They were married at St James’s Church, Heckmondwike, and moved to a house in Cleckheaton, later moving to Heckmondwike. They have six children, Caroline, 48, Michael, 47, Stephen, 45, Andrew, 43, Christine, 37, and Susan, 34.

Roy got a job as a bus conductor and eventually became a driver at Heckmondwike depot, which he did until he retired after 42 years. Julia worked at Heckmondwike’s bingo hall before getting a training job at London Scottish Finance.

The couple now have 21 grandchildren and a great grandson, Oliver, born this year.

Roy enjoys playing golf and the couple watch it together.

Julia said: “We have had our ups and downs like anybody but you have got to work at a marriage - don’t pack in. It’s worth it.”

Roy added: “I would do it all again.”