Keighley couple set for diamond day

Robert and Betty Lister celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Robert and Betty Lister on their wedding day at Keighley Parish Church

First published in News

A Keighley couple have been married exactly 60 years today. Robert and Betty Lister, of Park Lane, met 63 years ago while they were working in a Scarborough department store.

They were married at Keighley Parish Church and have since spent all their life together in Keighley, and have two daughters, Karen and Claire.

Mr Lister, 84, said their relationship had been built on mutual understanding. “Most couples have their ups and downs, but it’s always important to make up again before you go to bed at night,” he said.

Mrs Lister, 83, was born in Leeds. After settling in Keighley with her husband she worked at Strike’s Florist, in Low Street, before later starting her own florist business in Oakworth Road.

Mr Lister, who is originally from Keighley, said his main hobby in life has been the amateur stage. He has taken part in many musicals and pantomimes with different local dramatic societies.

His first role was when he was 13 years old, when he played the part of a fairy in the 1943 Keighley Boys Grammar School production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He is still acting today, and is an honorary life member of Keighley Amateurs.

The couple have lived in their Park Lane home for 56 years, and enjoy their garden and spending time with their family. They will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a small party this Saturday.

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