They were teenage sweethearts - now they're celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

First published in The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

TEENAGE sweethearts who fell in love at a dance club are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Bryan and Jean Moss, who met at Bert Mayoh’s School of Dancing in 1951, marked the occasion with a visit to the Astley Bank Hotel in Darwen on Mother’s Day.

They also received a card from the Queen.

The couple, who have three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, married at St Saviours’ Church in Astley Bridge on March 27, 1954.

They met while out dancing with friends when they were paired together by an instructor.

One dancing lesson — and 60 years — later, the couple has not looked back since.

Mrs Moss, aged 79, said: “I remember Bryan was a good dancer and it just went from there.

“We have a lot of the same interests and we spend a lot of time together.

“Bryan is always there for me, always very patient and supportive.

“There are always ups and downs, but you have got to be tolerant of each other and work it out.”

The couple’s celebratory meal at the Astley Bank Hotel was attended by 34 people, including family and long-term friends.

And the celebrating does not stop there — as an anniversary present, Mr and Mrs Moss will spend this weekend at The Lodore Falls Hotel in Keswick, Cumbria.

Mrs Moss said: “It was a wonderful day. It was great to have everybody there to celebrate with us.”

Mr Moss, aged 82, added: “We have enjoyed the celebrations very much — everything has gone just as we wanted.

“Jean is so beautiful, of course. We have had a wonderful life together and I have no regrets at all.”

Mr and Mrs Moss lived in Farnworth, for 49 years, before moving to Astley Bridge eight years ago. In their younger years, Mr Moss was a manager for The National Coal Board and a TV engineer, while Mrs Moss was a shorthand typist.

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