Missed bus was the ticket to 50-year marriage

Golden wedding couple, Mr & Mrs Clive and Hazel Pidcock, from Ossett.'w313a439
Golden wedding couple, Mr & Mrs Clive and Hazel Pidcock, from Ossett.'w313a439

A missed bus led to the offer of a lift home and 50 years of happy marriage for Clive and Hazel Pidcock.

It was the early 1960s when the couple, who celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today, met on a warm evening at a youth club in Lupset Park, Wakefield.

Groups of young people would gather at the club on a Saturday evening, and when friends parted that night Mrs Pidcock, who was 16, missed her bus home.

She returned to the youth club, where Mr Pidcock took pity and offered to take her home.

But the back of the 19-year-old’s scooter did not prove to be her ideal lift back to Thornes.

Mrs Pidcock, 70, of Nettleton Street, Ossett, said: “It was terrible.

“In those days everyone had bouffant hair-dos.

“I had to put a helmet on and all it did was spoil my hair.”

However, the scooter ride did not put her off meeting her future husband the following evening at the ABC Cinema, on Kirkgate.

And it was the start of a courtship which led to their wedding at St James Church, in Chapelthorpe, on October 3, 1964.

After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Staithes, near Whitby, a trip that cost £5 for the week.

They then moved to Ossett, where they still live, and had two children, James, now 42, and Christopher, 40.

They now have four grandchildren, Alfie, 11, Ellie, 9, Jasper, 8, and Tallulah, 6.

Mr Pidcock, 73, worked for civil engineering company Norwest Holst until his retirement eight years ago.

Mrs Pidcock was a shorthand typist for the Rural District Council, and later worked as a receptionist at the Group Surgery in Ossett until she retired in 2005.

The couple celebrated their milestone with a gathering of family and friends at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetleys stadium.

When asked what the secret to a 50-year marriage was, Mrs Pidcock said: “I think you are just lucky enough to have met the right person.”