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Wedded bliss for Kippax couple lasts 65 years

Claude and Margaret Waring from Kippax (originally from Horbury), celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on August 13th, 2014.
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Claude and Margaret Waring from Kippax (originally from Horbury), celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on August 13th, 2014. p302a432

A couple who were childhood sweethearts during World War Two have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Claude and Margaret Waring, of Woodlands Court, Kippax, met when they were 10 and became childhood friends but started courting in 1942 when Mr Waring was on compassionate leave from the navy.

The couple married at Chapelthorpe Church, Crigglestone, on August 13 1949.

Mr Waring, 91, worked at Slazengers’ Horbury Bridge factory in the tennis department for the majority of his working life. He retired from the company in 1980 after 42 years of service.

He said: “People ask me how we’ve been together so long, but it doesn’t feel like a long time.

“We’ve been extremely happy.”

Mrs Waring, 88, has had various part-time jobs, but has mainly been a housewife and stay-at-home mum.

The couple have one daughter, Beverley.

They retired to Woodlands Court independent living scheme in 1991 and enjoy going on local trips organised for tenants.

Mrs Waring said: “Like everyone else we have had our ups and downs but the secret to a happy marriage is give and take and to never go to bed on a cross word.”

The couple celebrated their blue sapphire anniversary with a family gathering at Oulton Hall.

 

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