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Pontefract Years in Focus 1980

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1980s

PONTEFRACT IN 1980

10th January 1980
BLIND DATE LED TO MARRIAGE

A couple who met on a blind date in 1929, celebrated their golden wedding on Friday. Mr. Walker Evans and his wife Muriel, of Drivers Row, off Wakefield Road, Pontefract, were married at Pontefract Parish Church a year after they met. Mr Evans, aged 73, left school at 14 to work at the now disused Snydale Colliery, moving from surface to underground work when he was 15.

After a spell at Ackton Hall Colliery, work was scarce and he joined the Army in 1926, serving for three years. On his return to civilian life, Mr. Evans worked as a labourer for a short while before obtaining a job at what was then Lumb's Glassworks in Albion Street, Castleford, now United Glass.

WAR SERVICE

He was called up in October 1939, and served with the Eighth Army in Egypt and Palestine. He returned to the glass works on demobilisation and stayed there until his retirement nine years ago.

Mrs Evans, aged 69, left school when she was 14 to work at the former Robinson and Wordsworth liquorice works at Pontefract. During the war she worked at the Humber aircraft factory in Ferrybridge Road.

The couple who have two sons and five grandchildren, celebrated their golden wedding with a family dinner at the home of their son, Walter, at Chequerfield. Both are home lovers, although Mrs Evans occasionally plays whist at Halfpenny Lane Bowling Club, Pontefract.

1980 INDEX


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1980's


 

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