Queen marks Nelson couple’s diamond wedding anniversary

Mr and Mrs Charles and Audrey Sumpton celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.'Photo Ben Praosns
Mr and Mrs Charles and Audrey Sumpton celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.'Photo Ben Praosns
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A NELSON couple who met at a town hall New Year’s Eve dance in Kendal more than 60 years ago are now celebrating their diamond wedding.

Charles and Audrey Sumpton, of Barkerhouse Road, met in 1948. Mr Sumpton was originally from Milnthorpe but was then in Kendal where Mrs Sumpton was living. They married three years later in the town’s parish church.

They came to Barnoldswick for a weekend visit, but Mr Sumpton ended up applying for a job at Rolls-Royce, where he stayed for three years.

The couple then moved to Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - when Mr Sumpton worked in the hydro-electric business. It was another three years stay.

After that they lived in Nelson for nine months before yet another three-year stay in Northern Ireland when Mr Sumpton (84) worked for Michelin.

But he then transferred to the Michelin plant in Burnley, where he worked for 20 years before retiring at 58.

Mrs Sumpton (81) worked at Smith and Nephew in Brierfield.

They have lived at their bungalow in Barkerhouse Road for a quarter of a century after Mr Sumpton built the home himself.

Outside work, they have been involved in dancing, and Mrs Sumpton said: “We used to run a dance class in Earby at the Anglican parish church of All Saints, which we did for four years.”

They also enjoyed walking and cycling, as well as gardening. Their home has spectacular views and Mrs Sumpton said: “It’s a lovely place here.”

They have two sons - Roger lives in Birmingham and David in Trawden. And there are three grandchildren.

To mark their diamond wedding, they held a party for family and friends, and they also received a card of congratulation from the Queen.

Mrs Sumpton said: “It’s been wonderful. We’ve done very well over 60 years. The party was absolutely excellent.”