A COUPLE at a care home in Dewsbury are celebrating 65 years of marriage.
Peter and Alice Burton, who are residents at Ashworth Grange Care Home, received a card from the Queen to mark their blue sapphire wedding anniversary.
The pair first met in 1951 on a bus ride to work, and Peter proposed several months later.
“Alice was so beautiful, from the moment we met I knew I would be seeing her again for a date – I wasted no time in asking her out to the pictures,” said Peter.
On their first date, the pair visited Knaresborough where they stopped off at a restaurant for lunch.
They finished the day with a trip to the local cinema, which along with trips to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, became a ‘date night of choice’ for the couple.
The pair eventually tied the knot on Alice’s 22nd birthday at Hartshead Church in Liversedge.
Peter said: “Alice is such a special lady, she is kind, caring and everything I wanted in a wife.
“I knew she would be the one I proposed to when the time was right.”
And Alice reminisced about her big day: “I remember waking up on my wedding day and looking out of the window to see it was thick with snow,” she said. “It was like a winter wonderland.”
The snow was so heavy that Peter and his uncle had to dig a pathway for guests to make the walk to the church.
The pair celebrated the milestone with a gathering at the home’s cafe, where they were joined by friends and family.
A local Buddy Holly tribute act provided live entertainment.
According to Peter, the secret to a long and happy marriage is to never go to bed without resolving an argument.
“I’ve always made sure regardless of what we have fought about that we made things right before bed,” said Peter.
“You are never guaranteed tomorrow so you must make every day count.”
Debbie Campey, regional director at Ideal Carehomes, said: “Alice and Peter have such a wonderful relationship and are a pleasure to be around.
“They have such a fantastic dynamic as a couple and I am always keen to hear their stories.
“I would like to wish them both a very happy 65th wedding anniversary.”