Dancing Conisbrough duo celebrate diamond wedding milestone

Brian and Pat Boyes, of Conisbrough are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe
Brian and Pat Boyes, of Conisbrough are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe

A couple who met at a dance hall more than 60 years ago are still head over heels in love having just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Brian, 78, and Pat Boyes, 77, of Milner Gate, Conisbrough, met at Denaby Baths Dance Hall one night in 1952 and agreed to meet for another date at Mexborough’s Empress Ballroom the following week.

Love blossomed and two years later they were married at Mexborough Parish Church on October 23, 1954.

After six decades, three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, their relationship is as strong as ever.

They marked their milestone anniversary with a family meal at the Rockingham Arms Hotel in Wentworth last Thursday.

Their day was made all the more special when a card from the Queen arrived congratulating them.

Recalling the night they met, Mr Boyes, a retired electrician and former RAF instrument technician, said: “I just said ‘Do you want to dance?’ Thankfully she said ‘Yes’.

“We used to love dancing and met up at the Empress the week after and it just went from there. We danced a lot that night, so much so the leather was worn out on our shoes!”

He added the key to a long-lasting relationship is to trust each other.

“Make sure you don’t cheat and be honest with one another. Trusting each other is the main thing.

“It is also best not to dwell on things.”

He added: “It was nice receiving a card from the Queen and we had a nice celebration.”

Mrs Boyes, a retired factory worker and domestic assistant, added: “It is important not to keep secrets from each other.”

The couple are well known in the community.

They ran a shop called Boyes’ Shop in the village centre in the 1970s. Mr Boyes also ran Conisbrough Royals Football Club in the 1980s.