Cleveleys couple 60th wedding anniversary surprise

Putting family first has been the key to Shirley and Donald Culley's happy marriage.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 10:57 am
Updated Friday, 29th September 2017, 5:21 pm
Shirley and Donald Culley

The Cleveleys couple , who have six children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a surprise party which saw relatives flying in from Australia and Canada.

Donald set eyes on Shirley when they worked at Kendal Mills and asked her to a dance.

Shirley, 82, said: “I was a junior on the needlework counter and he was a van boy. He went in the Army for two years and I was still there when he came back so we took it from there.”

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The couple moved to the Fylde coast soon after marrying at St Alban’s Church, Broadheath, on September 21, 1957.

Giving their secret to a long marriage, Donald, 83, said: “We’ve always put the children first. We get on well together.”