A COUPLE who got talking over coffee when they were just 16 years old are now celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Marjory and Ron Thorpe, now 82, met at Batley Park cafe which was a popular hang-out for young people.
Marjory was from Gildersome and Ron was born in Castleford.
Their first date was to the Bradford Alhambra.
They stayed together while Ron was away in the army.
He said: “I was in the army and then the territorials.
“I was with the Duke of Wellington regiment in Halifax.”
Ron spent three years in the forces, while Marjory worked at Briar carpet mill in Birstall.
The couple were married on March 15, 1952, at Gildersome Parish Church. They went on honeymoon to Morecambe.
Their first house was in Cross Bank in Batley, which has since been demolished. Ron worked for British Rail and then as a clerical officer.
The couple had three children, Stewart, 54; Susan, 53, and the late Cris. They now have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They moved to Lawrence Crescent, Heckmondwike, 25 years ago.
For their golden wedding anniversary they took 14 family members to Tenerife and they are celebrating this milestone with a family party.
The couple were keen dancers, sometimes going up to four times a week.
Ron said: “If you see one of us then you see the other.”
Marjory said: “We are never far apart. We’re always there for each other. You must have the same interests, and most of all, trust.”