An encounter at a Welsh holiday camp led to 50 years of marriage for Keighley couple (From Keighley News)
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An encounter at a Welsh holiday camp has led to 50 years of marriage for a Keighley couple
10:00am Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
An encounter at a Welsh holiday camp has led to 50 years of marriage for a Keighley couple.
Brian and Lesley Horton met at Prestatyn Holiday Camp, where Mrs Horton had been working as a hostess.
She said: “I was doing a holiday job there and helping to look after the campers.
“On the first night, Brian came up and asked me for a dance – and that was it!”
The couple will celebrate their golden wedding milestone with friends and family at their home today, although they also plan to go on holiday to Jersey later this year.
Reflecting on their five decades together, Mr Horton, who was born in the West Midlands, said: “It’s gone so quickly. You never realise how quickly the years go by – you think you have plenty of time ahead.”
The couple were married in Farnhill in 1963, which is where Mrs Horton’s family originates from. They said their wedding date has since proved particularly memorable – it was on the same day as the infamous Great Train Robbery.
They have two sons and a daughter, six grandchildren, and have lived in Utley since their wedding.
Mrs Horton, 73, worked as a teacher for nearly 30 years. She began as a French teacher, but later taught many other subjects, including English and history.
Following retirement in 1996, she became a successful crime author, and is now working on her sixth book. She was chairman of the Airedale Writers’ Circle for 18 years.
Mr Horton, 74, initially worked as a draughtsman, though subsequently left the engineering industry to work in architectural design. He retired two years ago.
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