Love brewed for golden couple Derek and Irene

Derek and Irene Brown celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. (d10101101)
Derek and Irene Brown celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. (d10101101)

A YOUNG couple who fell in love over coffee and jukebox tunes have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Irene and Derek Brown, who met at the Silver Lady coffee bar in Cheapside, Cleckheaton, marked their golden wedding last Friday.

The couple got together after meeting at the cafe, where they would go on a night with groups of friends.

Irene said Derek used to put What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? by Emile Ford and the Checkmates on the jukebox for her.

She said: “Whenever that record came on I always knew who had put it on.”

Irene, from Hunsworth, and Derek, from Liversedge, were married at the Nook Independent Methodist Chapel on Irene’s 21st birthday.

After the ceremony they had a reception at Fox’s Restaurant, now the Obediah Brooke, in Cleckheaton, with a ham salad at 2s 6d per person. Irene said: “We had a sherry reception and the man who married us, a Methodist minister, was appalled!”

They did not go on honeymoon, instead putting their money into their first house in Valley Road, Liversedge.

After four years they moved to Lower Hall Close, Liversedge, where they still live today.

They have a daughter, Diane, a son, David, four grandchildren, Sarah, Abi, Joe and Matthew, and two great-grandsons, Harry and Oscar.

Derek was a goods delivery driver and Irene worked as a book-keeper and secretary at a leather manufacturers’ in Cleckheaton.

As a former youth club member, Irene was invited for a 40th anniversary dance at the chapel. Derek was not keen on dancing – but went along, and enjoyed it so much he took it up as a hobby.

He now runs a line dancing group at the RAFA club in Heckmondwike.

The couple celebrated their anniversary with a family weekend in Scarborough.