Diamond day for bus couple

Wilfred and Jennie Speight, of Carrfield Villas, Portsmouth, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on March 24, 2011.

Wilfred and Jennie Speight, of Carrfield Villas, Portsmouth, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on March 24, 2011.

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A COUPLE who met on the buses have reached a special milestone in their married life.

Wilfred and Jennie Speight, of Carrfield Villas, Portsmouth, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

The couple were married at St Michael’s Church, Cornholme, several years after their first encounter as teenagers.

Jennie was on her way back from Burnley with a friend but missed her bus. When she got to Cliviger, she saw Wilfred and he offered to walk her home.

Jennie bumped into Wilfred again on another bus trip to Burnley and they started dating. They tied the knot on March 24, 1951.

“There were three weddings that day and I said third one lucky,” Jennie said.

The couple chose that particular day as it had a financial incentive.

“We got married then because if we got married before April 5 we got some tax back,” Wilfred said.

A reception was held at the British Legion Club in Cornholme and the couple went to London on honeymoon.

Wilfred, 84, was in the Navy from 1944 until 1947. He spent 26 years working for the fire brigade across West Yorkshire.

Jennie, 80, worked for a chartered accountant in Burnley and then at the local government office on Rise Lane, Todmorden.

She also spent some time at Sutcliffe’s cabinet makers.

Wilfred was a keen sportsman. He used to play football, cricket and golf.

In recent years he has taken up poetry and wrote a special poem, “Jennie”, about his wife.

An extract says: “We call her Jennie, it’s Jen for short.

“You ask anyone, she is such a good sort.

“My life has been full with this lady I love.

“I say thank you Lord as you watch from above.

“For giving me life with memories many.

“But most of all thank you for giving me Jennie.”

Jennie said: “It brought a tear to my eyes.”

Jennie said their son, Brian, and his wife, Ann, have followed in the footsteps of her and Wilfred.

“They were the same age as Wilfred and I when we got married and there are so many other similarities,” she said.

“It was their 25th wedding anniversary the same year as our 50th so we went away together for a special holiday.”

An anniversary party for family and friends will be held today at Todmorden Golf Club, where Wilfred was a member for many years.

“To me, 60 years is a milestone,” Jennie said.

“We have weathered the storm.

“It’s the best thing I have done.

“I’m very lucky. I’ve got a one in a million husband, son and daughter-in-law.”

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