Golden couple’s 50 years of love that blossomed in the dance hall

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A COUPLE who have danced through the decades together are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary today.

Martin and Joyce Durkin met as teenagers at the Vic Dance Hall in Halifax and married at St Columcille’s church in Pellon on October 28, 1961.

The couple, now both aged 67, are still keen ballroom dancers whose skills recently won them a gold award.

Mrs Durkin, nee Sutcliffe, was born in King Cross and formerly worked as a winder at Rosehill Mill in Sowerby Bridge.

Her husband was born in Mixenden and worked as a spinner at the former Scarborough Mills in King Cross.

He has been self-employed as a builder since 1976 and his youngest son Craig, 42, also took up the trade to work alongside him.

The couple’s other two sons Michael, 49, and Stephen, 46, own and run M & S Durkin butcher’s shop in Halifax Borough Market, where their mother occasionally works alongside them.

Mr and Mrs Durkin have four grandchildren - Melissa, 23, Claire, 19, Sam, 18, and Connor, 16.

The golden couple will celebrate their milestone anniversary this weekend with their family - who say they have a few surprises in store.

Their son Craig’s partner Carla Carter said: “They have stayed together through thick and thin and they are a good example to us all really.”

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