A couple who met as teenagers in the cinema celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Stuart and Dorothy Schofield, of Waterloo, met aged 19 and 17 respectively when they sat next to one another at the Carlton Picturehouse in Birkby in 1951.

Stuart said his friend had recognised Dorothy and her friend from school and went to sit next to them.

They arranged to meet the next week in “the square in Huddersfield”, but while Stuart went to St George’s Square, Dorothy waited in Market Place.

Diamond Wedding of Stuart and Dorothy Schofield

After half an hour they both thought they’d been stood up and went to catch the bus home when they bumped into one another.

“It was a pure coincidence”, said Stuart, 84. “If we hadn’t bumped into each other that would have been the end of it. I’m very glad we did.”

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The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary with a meal at the Blacksmith Arms in Kirkheaton with their children Paul and Valerie-Ann, and grandchildren Stephanie and Emma.

Stuart is a retired tool maker who previously worked for Brook Motors and David Brown Tractors, while Dorothy, 81, was a cotton doubler at Farrar’s Mill in Waterloo.

Diamond Wedding of Stuart and Dorothy Schofield
Diamond Wedding of Stuart and Dorothy Schofield

The couple are also heavily involved with Kirklees Senior Citizens, with Stuart the former treasurer, and will be celebrating their milestone later this week as honorary guests at an event.

Stuart added: “It has been a wonderful day and we are so glad to celebrate with friends and family.”