Diamond couple celebrate sparkling anniversary

Diamond wedding couple Edwin and Maureen Murgatroyd
Diamond wedding couple Edwin and Maureen Murgatroyd

Spend time together but make sure you have your own interests.

That is the secret to success for sparkling Barnoldswick couple Edwin and Maureen Murgatroyd who have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Maureen said: “I don’t believe anyone who says they have never rowed. Everyone has disagreements but now at our age it is more banter between us.”

Both from Keighley, the couple met at primary school but went their separate ways and did not see each other again until they both attended the same dance. Maureen and her pal spotted a tanned and handsome Edwin as he had just returned from completing his National Service in Egypt.

After a three year courtship the couple tied the knot at St Anne’s Church in Keighley and Edwin, who studied at Keighley Technical College, constructed several houses in the area including the couple’s own home.

They moved to Barnoldswick several years ago and Edwin set up what was to become one of the first mini supermarkets in Lancashire.

Maureen worked as a nursery nurse, rising to the position of matron at a number of nurseries across East Lancashire.

Relatives and friends including their two children, Judith and Simon and granddaughter, Melissa, joined them for an anniversary party at St Joseph’s Church in Barnoldswick where the couple are considered to be stalwart members. A special service was held for them with a marriage blessing.