Our diamond anniversary

Jean and Lesley Jackson diamond wedding anniversary.
Jean and Lesley Jackson diamond wedding anniversary.
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A couple who said it was ‘love at first sight’ are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Mr Leslie and Mrs Jean Jackson met in the workplace aged 20 and 19 at Harella, Halifax, clothing manufacturers, in 1952.

Mrs Jackson said she still recalls the grey corduroy trousers, blue shirt and maroon tie Lesley was wearing on the day they met. “It was love at first sight,” she said.

The couple married on April 3, 1954, at Christ Church, Pellon.

Mr and Mrs Jackson started married life in Southowram, before they lived in Skircoat Green, Halifax, for 30 years and now live at nearby Heath Lee, Well Head.

For 25 years, Mr Jackson worked at J & R Parkin, Halifax, and Mrs Jackson worked as a clerk at Calderdale Hospital for 27-years.

They went on to have three sons: Neil, 58, and twins Nicholas and Roger, 56, and are the proud grandparents of Kate, Timothy, Benjamin and Thomas.

Mrs Jackson, 82, said the secret to a successful marriage is learning to put up with each others faults.

Offering some words of wisdom for new couples, she said: “Think about marriage deeply before committing as it’s not just for a year or two - it should be for life - Leslie and I are best friends.”

Over the years, the couple have enjoyed foreign holidays to faraway lands together and now enjoy visiting local beauty spots with their friend, Joan Greenwood.

On Thursday, the couple waited for the arrival of the post for a message of congratulations from the Queen. Tomorrow, the couple and their family and friends will enjoy a meal at The Maypole Inn, Warley.