It’s a diamond day for Colin and Doreen

Colin and Doreen Maude
Colin and Doreen Maude

A couple who have shared a love of dancing celebrate their diamond wedding next Thursday.

Colin and Doreen Maude met at a Saturday night dance at the Alexandra Hall, Halifax.

Over the decades the Southowram couple have regularly danced several times a week.

“We met dancing and she has clung to me ever since!” joked Mr Maude.

In more recent years the couple have cut back on dancing and enjoyed trips to a static caravan in Anglesey.

They are well known in Halifax through the family business started in 1972 by Mr Maude - Maude Heating Ltd, of Horton Street.

He still takes an active interest in the business which is now run by the couple’s sons-in-law David Reynolds (married to Julie) and Martin Bowling (married to Angela).

And, a third generation of the family, Sam Reynolds, has just completed an apprenticeship with the business.

Mr Maude, 85, attended Christ Church School, Sowerby Bridge, and Heath Grammar School, Halifax.

From 1945 to 1948 he served with the Royal Army Service Corps and spent time in Egypt and Palestine.

His first job was with George Greenwood, a Halifax builders’ merchants and quarry owner where he worked in sales.

He also worked for Molletts of Halifax which dealt in fireplaces and heating equipment and it was while working there he qualified as a heating engineer.

Mrs Maude, 82, attended Sowerby New Road Secondary School and started work at Graham’s, of King Cross, Halifax, which made electrical equipment.

She left there to bring up the couple’s two daughters. They also have six grandchildren.

Mrs Maude worked at the Overgate Hospice shop in King Cross for several years and intends returning to volunteer work in the shop.

The couple will host an “open house” to celebrate.