Diamond couple’s big day

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A former mayor and mayoress of South Elmsall have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Robert and Gladys Hayhurst, of Broad Lane, commemorated the event on Thursday, March 20, with a family party.

The pair met at Frickley Colliery, where they both worked.

They were married at Barnsley Road Methodist Church, South Elmsall, and went on to have two children, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Robert, now 80, is still a South Elmsall town councillor and has been mayor twice, with Gladys, now 78, supporting him in the role of mayoress.

The couple are also founding members of a local Sunday night dance.

They enjoyed a reception with family and friends in Pontefract Hospital, where Gladys has been since suffering from a stroke in February.

They were presented with flowers by the current Mayor of South Elmsall, Coun Jack Thomas.

Robert said: “I have been a councillor for 20 years and I am a member of the South Elmsall History Group, where we have written four publications.

“The secret to a happy marriage is to have patience, understanding and, most importantly, you have got to love one another.

“Gladys has never stood in my way and I have always supported her in whatever she wanted to do - we have done everything together really.

“Gladys has always supported me – I am very proud of her.”