Couple from Halifax celebrate golden milestone

David and Brenda Sands
David and Brenda Sands
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A couple who have lived in Australia, run a guest house and operated a village store have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

David and Brenda Sands, who now live in Savile Park, Halifax, were married at St Mary’s Church in Illingworth.

Their marriage has seen them living in Bradford, where their son Chris was born, Holmfield, where daughter Lynne was born, and Australia, where they had Fiona and Gareth.

Mr Sands served an apprenticeship as a draughtsman at Drakes of Halifax Ltd, in Holmfield before becoming a heating and air conditioning designer.

Mrs Sands completed her general nursing training at Halifax General Hospital and worked at Bradford Royal Infirmary and various sites in Australia.

They returned to England in 1975 and lived in North Yorkshire for several years where they ran a village store, post office and newsagents and Mrs Sands was a district nurse.

In 1987 they came back to Calderdale and ran a guest house in Ripponden. Mr Sands also returned to his druaghtsman work, working at Frank Ford’s in Halifax.

The couple’s family, which includes seven grandchildren, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by throwing them a surprise party.