Waltz of love lasts 60 years
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.