They say mother knows best – and Trevor Burgin’s certainly did when she found a ‘lovely girl’ for her son to meet.
And more than 70 years on from Trevor and Kathleen’s first date they are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary.
RAF Bomber Pilot Trevor met wife-to-be Kathleen after he was flown back to the UK when the Second World War ended.
Their love blossomed and just over a year later on September 21, they tied the knot at Almondbury Parish Church.
The couple, both 91 and from Beaumont Park, have gone on to share a lifetime of milestones together.
Trevor began a teaching career in 1946 and taught at Paddock Church School whilst Kathleen worked at Bradmore’s Ladieswear in New Street, Huddersfield.
After a stint helping run a family hotel in Southport they returned to Huddersfield and lived in Thornton Lodge.
When they started a family in the early 1950s Kathleen gave up work to care for daughters Carolyn and Angela and they moved to Beaumont Park.
Trevor rose through the ranks of education first teaching at Dalton and then Oakes Junior School before being appointed headmaster of Spring Grove Primary in 1958.
It was whilst at the school Trevor co-wrote a book with his colleague Paddy Edson on the “education of immigrant children.”
His work shaped his later career and he secured a Page Scholarship and led the first party of British educationalists to the Punjab.
Trevor was subsequently awarded an OBE for his work with multi-racial education.
He later took on roles in local authorities and was educational organiser for immigrant and remedial education.
On the creation of Kirklees Council in 1974 he became senior advisor for compensatory education.
Upon retirement the couple have shared a love of antiques and trips to their static caravan in Lytham St Annes.
Daughter Carolyn said: “It’s just a fantastic achievement to celebrate 70 years together.
“You don’t get many couples that have spent their whole lives together.
“They look after each other and still hold hands.”
The couple will mark their anniversary with their daughters and grandchildren on Saturday.