A PLATINUM wedding is such a rare event, many people might ask - how many years is that then?

Holmbridge couple Frank and Elsie Heywood know exactly how long.

They have spent the past 70 years as man and wife.

Living with the same person for all that time is difficult to imagine for most of us.

Which makes the long and happy marriage of Frank, 92 and Elsie, 91, a doubly large achievement.

The couple, who live at Church View, were married at Holmbridge Church on December 16, 1933.

They had met as teenage sweethearts when they were both just 16.

Frank was working in a mill in Holmbridge and Elsie was visiting an aunt who lived at nearby Ramsden.

Elsie, who lived in Royston near Barnsley at the time, said: "My aunt had a baby and I would push the pram down to a sweet shop, opposite the mill, to meet my uncle.

"One day my husband's friend from the mill came to the shop and went back to the factory saying he had seen this girl, which was me.

"My husband later came in to the shop and that was it from then on."

Elsie later moved to Holmbridge to look after her aunt when she became ill.

It was then that the couple married.

They have lived in Holmbridge ever since, except between 1977 and 1980, when they lived with their youngest son Tony in New Zealand.

He had emigrated there in the 1960s and is due to move back to the UK with his wife and children next year.

Frank and Elsie have an older son, Leslie, who lives at Holmfirth.

They also have two granddaughters, a grandson, a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson.

Friends and family will attend a special blessing at Holmbridge Church on Tuesday to mark Frank and Elsie's special day.

The couple would prefer donations to be given to the church in lieu of gifts to them.

"We don't want presents," said Elsie. "We're happy with what we have got. It is more use if something goes towards the church."

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WHEN Frank and Elsie tied the knot in 1933 major political events that would lead to World War Two were happening abroad.

* Adolf Hitler became German Chancellor, the Reichstag (German Parliament) burnt down, all political parties except the Nazi party were banned in Germany, the Gestapo police were established and Dachau concentration camp opened.

* Germany and Japan left the league of nations.

* On a merrier note, the US repealed the prohibition of alcohol which had characterised the American 1920s.

* Closer to home, the first trolley-buses began to carry thousands of passengers in Huddersfield.

* And the day before Frank and Elsie's wedding, the Prince of Wales - who would later become Duke of Windsor - visited Huddersfield Community Club in Dundas Street before travelling on to Penistone.