It’s no April Fool as diamond duo reach milestone

April Fools’ Day may traditionally be an annual custom for pranksters to play practical jokes – but the day means a lot more for a Poulton couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 7:00 am
Brendene and Keith Hardy, from Poulton, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

Brendene and Keith Hardy are both hugely involved in the world of gymnastics – and it is their love of the sport that they say is the secret to their 60 years of marriage.

The couple met at the Co-Op Drama Group in Blackpool in May 1958,and married at St Stephen-on-the-Cliffs Church in North Shore on April 1, 1961.

The couple have two sons, Steve and Karl, six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and another due in May.

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Brendene and Keith Hardy on their wedding day

In 1972 they started coaching classes in gymnastics at what was then known as Bispham Tech College on Ashfield Road in Bispham.

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British Gymnastics and have been awarded for their commitment. To this day they are still involved.

“My dad was originally an electrician but went on to be a PE teacher, and for most of their lives they have both been teachers in the Blackpool area before retiring.”

Keith, 83, said: “We both have similar interests, education and gymnastics.”

And Brendene, 79, added: “We make things work.”

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