Waltzing through 55 years together

Geoffrey and Shirley Shaw, of Oxford Lane, Siddal, celebrate 55 years together

Geoffrey and Shirley Shaw, of Oxford Lane, Siddal, celebrate 55 years together

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A COUPLE have waltzed through the decades together to celebrate their emerald wedding anniversary.

Geoffrey and Shirley Shaw married 55 years ago after meeting at a dance class which she found in a telephone directory on a whim.

She went along to a tap dancing lesson then stayed behind for a ballroom session - where Mr Shaw was a student teacher.

“We hit it off straight away and we’ve been together ever since,” she said.

“I always tell people I got him out of the Yellow Pages.”

They married in 1956 at St Mary’s Church, Elland. Soon after, Mr Shaw joined the RAF and the couple spent five years with the forces.

“We joined up to see the world, but we only got as far as Leamington Spa,” said Mrs Shaw.

Back in Calderdale, they both worked for the former Rowntree Mackintosh factory - Mrs Shaw as a packer and Mr Shaw as a charge hand - among other jobs.

The couple, who now live in Oxford Lane, Siddal, Halifax, have five children, 16 grandchildren and a staggering 20 great-grandchildren. Their 21st is due in September.

Asked for their secret to a long and happy marriage, Mrs Shaw said: “We’ve said all along: don’t go to bed on an argument. Don’t carry it on, sort it out before you go to bed.

“And give and take, that’s what it’s all about, and not being secretive.”

She added: “I don’t regret a minute of it, I’d do the same thing again tomorrow. We’ve been very fortunate.”