Waltz of love lasts 60 years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 - By TARA DUN­DON

IT was love on the dance floor for a Peter­bor­ough cou­ple who have likened their 60-year mar­riage to an ev­er­last­ing waltz.

Cyril and Mar­garet Lewis, of St Olaves Drive, Eye, near Peter­bor­ough, cel­e­brated their di­a­mond wed­ding this week.

They were just 17 when they met at a dance at Wer­ring­ton Vil­lage Hall.

It was not un­til the end of the evening that Cyril (83) built up the courage to ask Mar­garet (83) for a turn on the dance­floor.

Cyril said: “We danced the last waltz and it lasted for­ever - and af­ter we never looked back.”

That first dance lead to a fiveyear ro­mance for the cou­ple, who were mar­ried at Pas­ton Church, when they were both 23, on June 17, 1950.

They had a large white wed­ding with four brides­maids.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, they did not jet off abroad as cou­ples do to­day, but in­stead set off to sea­side re­sort Eastbourne for a two-week hon­ey­moon.

Cyril worked as a post­man in Peter­bor­ough be­fore qual­ify- ing to work on the Post Of­fice coun­ters.

He later trans­ferred to Le­ices­ter and worked as a tele­phone sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

How­ever, 11 years later he moved back to his home city to work at Peter­bor­ough Post Of­fice.

Mar­garet got a job at the Coop in Wal­ton dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and spent most of her work­ing life at Co-op out­lets across the city.

The cou­ple have two chil­dren Su­san and Sheila.

They also have five grand­chil- dren and a great grand­son.

They plan to cel­e­brate their di­a­mond wed­ding by gath­er­ing all their fam­ily for an an­niver­sary meal on Sun­day.

Cyril summed up what he be­lieves is the se­cret to their happy mar­riage.

He said: “We have had the most ex­cel­lent 60 years to­gether.”

“I have this lit­tle rhyme which I think sums up a long mar­riage.

“It goes, ‘ To keep your mar­riage brim­ming with love in the lov­ing cup, when you are wrong ad­mit it , but if you are right shut up’.”

DI­A­MOND PAIR: Cyril and Mar­garet Lewis, who met at a dance, have marked their di­a­mond wed­ding.

BIG DAY: Cyril and Mar­garet Lewis on their wed­ding day at Pas­ton Church in 1950.

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