A CLECKHEATON couple are celebrating their diamond wedding with a party at the hotel where they held their reception.
Mavis and Donald Webster celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss yesterday and will enjoy a small party for family and friends over the weekend.
In a double celebration, Mavis celebrated her 82nd birthday this week, having walked down the aisle the day after turning 22.
The couple both grew up in Cleckheaton and knew each other for several years before romance blossomed.
“We had known each other for a few years before because we lived quite close to each other,” Mavis said.
“I was brought up in Pyenot Hall Lane and Donald lived on Neville Street.
“He had an aunt and uncle who lived in the same street as me, and he used to go and visit them which is how we met.”
The couple courted for a few years before Donald popped the question.
The couple tied the knot at St John’s Church, in Cleckheaton, in front of more than 50 friends and family.
They held a reception at the Prospect Hotel – now the Whitcliffe Hotel.
However, their honeymoon in Blackpool coincided with the death of King George VI.
“We went on a steam train from Cleckheaton Station, when it was still there. The king died when we were on our honeymoon, and all the shops closed and their
windows were all covered up as a sign of respect when we got there, recalled Donald.”
Within a few years, the couple’s first child, Martyn, was born, followed by Joy seven years later.
They spent more than 20 years living in Turnsteads Avenue, where Mavis was a warden who looked after elderly people in the community.
Donald was a joiner all his working life with local firms such as Hillards and Robinson Crowther, before finishing his career with Kirklees Council. He is also a well known member of Cleckheaton Bowling Club.
They have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Now, 60 years after their wedding day, the couple are still very much in love. Mavis added: “It’s just gone so quickly but we’ve been really happy. We look after each other.”