Diamond day for Barnoldswick couple

Brenda and Donald Moore have celebrated 60 years of marriage. (S)
Brenda and Donald Moore have celebrated 60 years of marriage. (S)

A Barnoldswick couple enjoyed a wonderful weekend of events to celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Surrounded by family, Brenda and Donald Moore, of Dickens Avenue, received a card from the Queen, a homemade cake and several star gifts to mark the diamond occasion.

The Moores’ big day was on Thursday, their granddaughter’s 21st birthday was on Friday and they were joined by 23 others for a meal at Mario’s in Barnoldswick on Sunday, including all the family and lifelong friend Doris Muller.

An Earby lad, Mr Moore met his future Barlicker wife at the Majestic Ballroom and Cinema in Barnoldswick in 1951 when he was 20 and Brenda was 16.

It was love at first sight, his first words were “excuse me” and the rest is history.

They married at St Mary-le-Ghyll Church four years later and honeymooned in Blackpool, setting up home in Roundell Road, Barnoldswick, and have lived in the town ever since. Mr Moore was superintendent of stores at Rolls-Royce before he retired to join his wife in running the popular local newsagents on Wellhouse Road for more than 20 years.

The shop formed part of a little community consisting of Jack Bennett’s Butchers, Jolly’s Greengrocer and Moon’s Auto Shop, which served that side of town.

Mr Moore also chauffeured bosses and visitors to and from Silentnight before retiring fully.

Away from work, Mr Moore played cricket for Earby for many years, captaining the side to win the double in 1969. He remains a passionate Manchester United supporter and was a season ticket holder right up until last year.

Mrs Moore had a special place caring for her family from home away from the successful shop she loved running where customers and friends were always treated to a friendly welcome.

Mr and Mrs Moore have three children Phil, Julie and Jackie, grandchildren Joanne, Jayne, Jenny, Rebecca, Natalie, Callum and Katie and great grandchildren Jacob, Amelia, Ella, Oliver and Josslyn.