A COUPLE who got together at a New Year’s Eve dance have notched up 50 years of wedded bliss.
Marion and David Pearson first met in the Swan Hotel in 1961 but the course of true love didn’t run smooth on that occasion.
“I was with a group of girls and he was with a group of guys,” said Mrs Pearson.
“He followed me to the bus stop and asked me for a date but I said no. I told him I didn’t know him from Adam and he said Adam wore a fig leaf. It was that sense of humour that attracted me to him.”
Months later fate brought the couple together again and Cupid struck at Stychfields Club for Mr Pearson, who was a tool maker at English Electric, and Mrs Pearson who worked in the borough treasury office.
“It was a New Year’s Eve dance,” said Mr Pearson, 75. “I had two other places to go to but a friend and I decided at short notice to stay local.
"I walked her home and I felt as if I had won the lottery. I knew I wanted to spend my life with her - 50 years has gone really quick.”
The couple, who live in Hyde Lea, married at St Peter’s Church, Rickerscote, 18 months later and have two daughters and a grandson, Charlie, aged 10.
The couple have been lifelong readers of the Newsletter and Mr Pearson used to have it shipped to Hong Kong when he lived out there.
Last weekend more than 100 family and friends gathered at Burton Manor sports club to celebrate the couple’s landmark.