Basketball loving Malcolm finally nets his golden wife!

Malcolm and Maureen Wragg, Lodge Drive, Elland are celebrating their Golden Wedding.
Malcolm and Maureen Wragg, Lodge Drive, Elland are celebrating their Golden Wedding.

MALCOLM Wragg has had a ball of a time during his 50-year marriage to Maureen.

The couple celebrated their golden wedding with a party for family and friends and can look back on an active history together.

They have both been involved in the Elland Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade and church - they met and married at Elland Wesley Methodist Church.

And, his love of basketball has given them both happy memories.

In 1961 he took over an U-15 schoolboy side which grew into the Calderdale Explorers playing in the National League where it regularly attracted 1,000 plus crowds to the North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, in the early 1980s.

“It was a brilliant time, absolutely fantastic,” said Mr Wragg, of Lodge Drive, Elland.

At one time Mr Wragg was coaching 10 teams and in 1989 he was presented with the National John Sage Award for services to coaching.

He said the 1980s was a boom time for the sport with good TV coverage and outside courts being built.

And, he loved it so much at that time he completed a half-marathon around Halifax bouncing a basketball!

Mr Wragg, 73, was born in Huddersfield and completed his National Service in Cyprus with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He taught at Clare Hall School, Halifax, from 1960 to 1989, retiring as deputy head teacher.

Mrs Wragg, 74, was born in Enfield. They both attended Elland Grammar School.

She worked at Nu-Swift’s, Elland, and was later secretary for 26 years at Old Earth School, Elland, where Mr Wragg is a governor. They both attend Southgate Methodist Church where she is active in several capacities. The couple asked for donations in lieu of presents for Southgate Church and Old Earth School.

They have two children, Sally and Tim, and three grandchildren, David, Andrew and Courtney.

“Years’ have disappeared so fast because we have shared our time with our lovely family and a lot of friends,” said Mr Wragg.