Wed­ding bells ding for bus cou­ple af­ter 60-year gap

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Chris Riches

TWO sweet­hearts are set to tie the knot af­ter a chance meet­ing at a bus sta­tion rekin­dled their love – 60 years af­ter their first date.

Great-grand­par­ents Jean Stut­tard, 81, and Brian Livesey, 79, first dated while work­ing at a Roll­sRoyce fac­tory.

The pair lost touch af­ter four dates. Both went on to marry and have chil­dren, and were later wid­owed.

But in Au­gust last year they were re­united by chance when re­tired en­gi­neer Brian spot­ted Jean in a crowd at the bus de­pot in Nel­son, Lancs.

They have been in­sep­a­ra­ble since and are de­light­ing their chil­dren by plan­ning to be mar­ried later this month.

Re­tired wed­ding dress­maker Jean ex­plained: “We’d had maybe four dates back in 1957 but we both went on to have long mar­riages.

“Then last year I was get­ting on the bus when Brian asked: ‘Is that Jean Slater?’ – my maiden name.

“I asked him how on earth he recog­nised me and he said ‘your eyes’, which was very sweet.”

On their first dates, decades ago, they went to the cin­ema and for a few din­ners but drifted apart. In 1960 Brian was mar­ried to Ann Allen but she passed away in 2013 af­ter 53 years of happy mar­riage, leav­ing be­hind Brian and their three chil­dren, Mark, 54, Si­mon, 51 and Co­lette, 45.

Twice-wed Jean’s first mar­riage brought her five chil­dren – Peter, 60, Danny, 54, Graeme, 56 and Rowan, 51. Sadly son Terry died aged 51.

In 1972 she mar­ried Lis­ter Stut­tard – who died in 2014 – and added step­daugh­ter Jane, 51, to her fam­ily.

Now be­tween them Brian and Jean have 22 grand­chil­dren and 10 great-grand­chil­dren and they say their love has been given a new lease of life.

Jean ex­plained: “When Lis­ter died I was feel­ing a bit lonely so I gave Brian my num­ber.

“We met up a few days later for a drink.

“We talked for more than four hours and we’ve been to­gether ever since.

“I think we both knew straight­away it was go­ing to be more than friend­ship. We’ve spent every day to­gether since we found each other again.”

The dot­ing cou­ple have en­joyed three hol­i­days to Black­pool and a week in Torquay and have booked a hon­ey­moon for next month in Turkey.

Brian has even moved in with Jean, adding: “I put my house up for sale and moved in this March.

“Then one day re­cently I just said to Jean: ‘All I want is to marry you’. Thank­fully she said ‘yes’!” Jean said they are al­ready start­ing to think about other hol­i­days once the wed­ding and hon­ey­moon are out of the way.

She added: “I’ve found my dress – it’s not bridal white but it is very nice. I’ve also told Brian to buy a new suit.”

The big day, on Septem­ber 30, will be held at Burn­ley Reg­is­ter Of­fice with 60 guests.

‘We both knew it would be more than friend­ship’

JEAN STUT­TARD, 81, and Brian Livesey, 79, first dated each other 60 years ago. Last year they met again by chance in a bus sta­tion and are now to marry. A won­der­fully happy end­ing and proof that – as the Supremes sang – you can’t hurry love.

The happy cou­ple to­day and, from top: Brian aged 39 in 1977; Jean on stage in 1986; and a 17-year-old Jean in 1953

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