Former Wakefield mayor’s diamond wedding

Colin and Jean Oldroyd Diamond Wedding. Ossett
Colin and Jean Oldroyd Diamond Wedding. Ossett

Colin Oldroyd’s future wife Jean was bowled over when the couple first met at a cricket match on a summer’s day in 1950s Ossett.

Mr Oldroyd was a fast bowler for the Readicut Wool Company, and Mrs Oldroyd’s friends had organised a trip to the August match in the hope the pair would meet.

Colin and Jean Oldroyd Diamond Wedding. Ossett

Colin and Jean Oldroyd Diamond Wedding. Ossett

Mrs Oldroyd, who worked for the Refuge Assurance Company at the time, said: “I thought he was great. He was a teacher and I thought he’d never go out with me. But he did.”

The next day, Mr Oldroyd asked her out on their first date – a show by singer Anthony Newley at the Empire Theatre in Dewsbury.

They continued courting and on January 9, 1954, were married at St John’s Church, Dewsbury Moor.

The couple, of Westfield Crescent, Ossett, have three sons, Christopher, 57, Richard, 53, and David, 50, and now have eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr Oldroyd, 84, said: “We have three great lads. They are really good sons and we have a great extended family.”

Mr Oldroyd, who is chairman of Ossett Community Centre, taught at Crofton School, then was headteacher of Horbury Bridge CE School and later Middlestown County Primary, retiring in 1987.

He became a Labour district councillor, and was Mayor of Wakefield in 1997 and 1998.

Mrs Oldroyd, 80, said: “We have always shared things between us. We have always gone out and done things together.”