They’re Rolling back the years!

Audrey and Stanley Birkett
Audrey and Stanley Birkett
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BECAUSE they’re worth it!

This diamond couple added a spot of glamour to the town as they celebrated their anniversary in style.

Audrey and Stanley Birkett, could not believe their eyes when a gleaming white Rolls Royce arrived to whisk them off to lunch on Sunday.

The South Shore couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with 30 members of their family at Ribby Hall in Wrea Green.

Stanley, 82, of Sawley Avenue, said: “It was a fantastic day, we were so lucky with the weather and we couldn’t believe it when we saw the Rolls Royce, it was a lovely surprise.

“We thought we would just be taken to lunch in an ordinary car not a Rolls Royce, it’s a beautiful car, but I could never afford one!

“The meal at Ribby Hall was fantastic as well, the staff couldn’t do enough for us, it was a great day and a great way to celebrate such a special date.”

Audrey, (nee Richardson), 83, a former dress shop assistant at Speight’s dress shop in Preston, met Stanley, a farmer, playing table tennis and snooker at a youth club in Catforth in 1948.

Their first date was a trip to the pictures to see a Bing Crosby film at the New Victoria Cinema in Preston, – where Stanley gave Audrey her first gift, a box of Dairy Milk chocolates.

They were married four years later at St Andrew’s Church in Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, on April 12 1952.

Now 60 years on the couple have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Stanley, originally from St Michael’s-on-Wyre, said the secret to a long and happy marriage was to share everything.

He added: “It’s a tough question really but I would say if a couple share everything, no matter what it is, they should do OK.

“But I have been lucky, so very lucky, to have spent the last 60 years with Audrey.”