60 happy years for Trevor and Gwen

Anniversary: Trevor and Gwen Cowling today Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald
Anniversary: Trevor and Gwen Cowling today Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald

A WOMAN who spent her first date fighting back the tears because of a weepy film, will celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary with her husband today.

Trevor and Gwen Cowling from Copley Mil House, Copley, first met in 1948 while Gwen was working in the spinning department at Stott and Inghams and her future husband, now aged 82, had just finished his national service.

Their first date was watching tear-jerker classic Mrs Miniver at the Regal Cinema, Halifax.

“He brought me some chocolates and everything was still on ration. I sat there eating my chocolates and wiping my eyes at the same time,” said Gwen.

They married on Wakes Saturday at St Augustine’s church, Hanson Lane.

“I’ve always been asked what’s the secret of 60 years wedded bliss. I once read of a 98-year-old married man. When asked about his 78-year-marriage success, he said ‘frequent separation’ and a growing loss of hearing. You don’t get to 98 without a sense of humour. I think that’s me and Trevor. Through thick and thin we’ve always been able to have a good laugh,” said Gwen, aged 80.

The couple will celebrate their milestone with with family and friends.