Meet the true ro­man­tics

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

RO­MAN­TIC cou­ple An­thony and Bar­bara Clancy are plan­ning to recre­ate their wed­ding day – 60 years af­ter they tied the knot.

The pair met as teenagers on a bench in Green­head Park, Hud­der­s­field, mar­ried in March 1958 and then en­joyed a mod­est hon­ey­moon in Black­pool.

The Grange Moor cou­ple now want to do it all again, even recre­at­ing the af­ter­noon tea in the same church hall where they and 40 guests en­joyed their orig­i­nal wed­ding tea.

Son John, 52, will walk his mum down the aisle and son-in­law, also John, is best man.

Daugh­ter Carolyn White­head, who will be maid of hon­our, said four gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily were in­volved in plan­ning the event in March.

In­vi­ta­tions are be­ing pre­pared, the lo­cal vicar has dis­cussed the church cer­e­mony and the vows, and the all-im­por­tant buf­fet food and drinks are be­ing con­sid­ered.

Carolyn said it was her mum’s idea to recre­ate their big day but she thinks her dad is the true ro­man­tic.

“My dad likes to make my mum happy. When they got a new phone he phoned her to sing ‘I just called to say I love you.’ My dad is a bit of an old ro­man­tic.

“They are just so happy – they walk around hand in hand.”

Mr Clancy, 79, a re­tired painter and dec­o­ra­tor, re­called the day they met, say­ing: “I was 16 and she was 15 and she was sit­ting on a bench in Green­head Park. She looked very nice and we hit it off straight away. We ar­ranged to meet the Satur­day af­ter.”

His wife, a re­tired tai­loress, re­called that the 1958 wed­ding cost around £50 in to­tal which was quite a sum.

“When we got mar­ried our wages were £9.50 be­tween the two of us,” she said.

“We had to pay off the wed­ding costs in in­stal­ments. When we got our first house it was on Rat­tan Row in Lep­ton. The rent was 10 shillings a week.”

They both have sim­i­lar ad­vice for any­one cu­ri­ous about the se­cret to a long and happy mar­riage.

He said: “If Bar­bara went out we went out to­gether. If we ar­gue through the day we make up be­fore we go to sleep.”

She said: “Let things go over your head if you can.”

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