Patience is key for this platinum couple

Jack and Edna Duckworth celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on the 20th of January, 70 years after their happy day in 1945.

Jack and Edna Duckworth celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on the 20th of January, 70 years after their happy day in 1945.

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A chance meeting at a village dance led these two lovebirds to 70 years of marital bliss.

Edna and Jack Duckworth say kindness and patience are the key to a happy marriage, as they celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary.

The couple, of Lancaster Close, Knott End, got engaged in September 1944 and married in St Oswald’s Church, Preesall, on January 20 the following year.

Mrs Duckworth, 89, said: “We met at a village dance at Easter time in 1944.

“We were doing a Paul Jones dance where the men walk around in a circle and the ladies walk around in the opposite direction.

“When the music stops, the person opposite is who you dance with. Jack was the person opposite me!

“We celebrated our anniversary with a very nice party at the Bourne Arms and we got a card from The Queen.”

Mrs Duckworth, who worked at the Ministry of Pensions at Norcross before helping to run the family farm at Preesall Park, added: “We farmed at Preesall Park for 60 years.

“It was a mixed farm with cattle and pigs and we ended up very big in poultry. Jack is kind and patient.

“In later years we caravanned and travelled a lot together - across most of Europe and as far as Australia.”

The couple have two sons John and Martin, three grand-children Marie, Jonathan and James and one great-grandchild, Anthony.

Mr Duckworth, 92, said: “Edna is the best thing I’ve ever had!”