When Don Chell walked into a Worksop pub more than 60 years ago, he saw a woman and told her ‘I’m going to marry you.’
The woman, Brenda, wasn’t so sure but Don didn’t give up and last week the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
They marked the special milestone by renewing their wedding vows in front of their family, including four grandchildren.
Recalling the first time he saw his wife, Don said: “Saturday night was the only night we got off work and so we would head into town.”
“On this occasion me and some workmates had gone into a local pub and this young lady was playing skittles with her friend.”
“I just saw her from the back. Her hair was down to her waistband and legs that went up the other way!”
“I said ‘I’m going to marry you’ and she basically said ‘get lost’.”
“It was love at first sight and we went on from there. I pursued her.”
At that time Don, who is originally from Hertfordshire, was employed building pylons and later in the maintenance of them, spent a lot of time away from home.
The couple married a year later in Priory Church and Brenda moved around the country with her new husband.
They went on to have two children Alan and Lynne and eventually settled back in Worksop.
Don did a variety of jobs while Brenda worked as a care assistant for 22 years.
And the key to a happy marriage: “There isn’t one,” said Brenda.
“I can’t express what makes a good marriage because everyone is different. We have a good family and always have a laugh.”
After renewing their wedding vow at St John’s Church the couple and their family went to the Lion Hotel for a meal.