A BIRKBY couple have celebrated their golden wedding.

Derrick and Barbara Siswick, of Inglewood Road, were married at Milnsbridge Baptist Church.

Mr Siswick, 74, lived at Milnsbridge, while Mrs Siswick, 70, lived at Crosland Moor.

The couple had met in 1953 at a fun day organised by engineering firm David Brown.

When they married, Mrs Siswick was a worsted mender at Crowther and Vickerman's mill in Crosland Moor.

Mr Siswick was a baker.

In later years, he set up his own sales company, supplying woodwork traders.

It was called Williams and Siswick and was based at Lea Mill in Scholes until 1976, when Mr Siswick and his business partner sold the firm and retired.

When Mr and Mrs Siswick married they lived in Scar Lane, Milsbridge.

After 12 years they moved to Salendine Nook, then to Lindley 10 years later.

From there they moved to Wilshaw and, finally, to Birkby last December.

They have seven children, 28 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A family fun day at the Mormon Church at Birchencliffe marked their anniversary.

Mr Siswick's two sisters and one of his brothers are also celebrating their golden weddings this year.