Kelbrook couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

William and Jean Greenwood celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.'Photo Ben Parsons

William and Jean Greenwood celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.'Photo Ben Parsons

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A KELBROOK couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Sunday.

William (84) and Jean Greenwood, who live at Lower Hague Farm in the village, had a double cause for celebration too as it was Jean’s 80th birthday.

The couple, who married at Ghyll Church in 1952 on Jean’s 20th birthday, first met when William was 14 and Jean 10 at a family social function at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.

William was best friends with Jean’s brother at the school.

They would later go to Leeds University together, where William studied chemistry and Jean took law.

After graduating, the couple moved to Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) where William taught chemistry at the Churchill School.

The couple then moved back to the UK, and William went back to university to study law going on to work for Steele and Son Solicitors, Jean’s father’s company, being based in the Barnoldswick office.

Jean never completed her training, but helped out in the office while bringing up the couple’s five children.

The Greenwoods enjoyed a quiet and relaxed Sunday with their four daughters Penelope, Jane, Lucy and Sarah, and son John, on Sunday, and received a telegram from the Queen.

John said: “We enjoyed a few drinks and a meal with family and friends who came round. We’re getting too old for anything too lively.

Jean added: “Marriage is not all easy, sometimes you have to work at it.

“It was a nice day. I had a lot of presents and flowers, so many flowers that I had to give some away.”