Kiss and making up key for golden couple

Golden wedding: Bill & Val Flynn from Pontefract.'p302a353
Golden wedding: Bill & Val Flynn from Pontefract.'p302a353
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Kissing and making up after a row has been the key to 50 years of happy marriage for a Pontefract couple.

Val and Bill Flynn, of Willow Park, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 21.

The couple met at the former Woodman pub in Pontefract in 1962 and married a year later at the former Pontefract Register Office on Button Park.

Mrs Flynn, 74, who worked at the former Wilkinson’s sweet factory in Pontefract, said: “I’m not quite sure what the secret to a long and happy marriage is to be honest.

“I think it must be falling out and making back up afterwards. I can’t believe we’ve been married for 50 years - it’s flown by.”

The couple celebrated their big day with a surprise party organised by their three children.

Mrs Flynn added: “We had a big party at my daughter Lorraine’s house and it was lovely.

“All the family were there to celebrate with us. It was a great day.”

Mr Flynn, 74, started work as a miner at Pontefract’s former Prince of Wales Colliery straight from school at the age of 15 and also worked at various other pits across the Five Towns.

He also refereed amateur rugby league games across the area for more than ten years.

Mr Flynn said: “I think in a marriage you have got to give and take if it is going to work out.

“We had a really nice party to celebrate. It was a nice surprise.”

The couple have three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.