ALMONDBURY couple Leonard and Elsie Thornton fell in love when they were strangers in the same wedding party.
Now, more than 60 years later, they are celebrating their diamond wedding.
The couple – pictured now and on their wedding day – met when she was bridesmaid at her sister Irene’s wedding and he was best man to the bridegroom, Norman.
They got to know each other after the reception and were married at St Thomas’s Church on July 19, 1947.
During the Second World War Mr Thornton was an RAF wireless operator.
Later he worked at the Shaw Son and Greenhalgh mill in Lockwood.
His wife worked for Quanbury’s box makers near Chapel Hill and later became a dinner lady at Almondbury High School.
The couple have three children, Allen, Susan and Peter, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
They celebrated their anniversary with a meal with family and friends.
They are also to have a holiday on the Isle of Wight.