Dancefloor meeting leads to 50 years of marriage for golden Kettering couple

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 4:00 pm
Judith and Norman pictured on their 50th anniversary and on their wedding day.

A Kettering couple who first clapped eyes on each other across the dancefloor have celebrated 50 years of happy marriage.

Norman Darby was at Leicester's Palais De Danse, known as 'The Pally', when he spotted future wife Judith and they started to talk.

Within a year they were married at Leicester's St John the Baptist Church in Clarendon Road in 1971

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And on Saturday (May 29) the happy couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with cake in the garden of their Kettering house.

Daughter Linda said: "It's a big achievement.

"I read that fewer than five per cent of marriages get to their golden wedding anniversary so it's a massive achievement.

"They always put each other first - we're all very proud of them."

The couple lived in Corby for a while before moving to Kettering in 1978, where they have been ever since.

Judith, 81, was a typist with Norman, 78, working as a tube inspector at British Steel in Corby.

The pair have two children, Linda and Susan, and five grandchildren.