NEWSOME couple Chester and Celia Clarke have celebrated their golden wedding.

They celebrated their special day with a meal with their family at The Sands House pub at Crosland Hill.

The happy couple were married at a register office in Brierley, near Barnsley, on July 26, 1958.

They met through a mutual friend and, despite a slight setback at the beginning, were married months later. Mrs Clarke said: “When I first met him I thought he was really miserable because he was sitting there not saying anything.

“But then we got talking to each other and found that we actually had quite a bit in common. We got married eight months later!”

The couple started out married life in Newsome, then lived at several other places in Huddersfield before returning to the village.

Mrs Clarke was originally from the Pontefract area, while her husband was born thousands of miles away in Jamaica.

Mr Clarke travelled over to the UK on his own to trace relatives from the Huddersfield area and decided to settle in the town.

He worked for David Brown’s as a welder working with Aston Martin cars and later worked as a forklift truck driver.

His wife left school at the age of 15 to work as a spinner in the mills, including Joseph Lumb’s.

She later took up cleaning jobs and before she retired was a cleaner at the Examiner’s former office at Ramsden Street.

The couple have four children, Anita, Beverley, Christopher and Martin, and five grandchildren.