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Devoted couple celebrate 74 years of marriage

Friday May 24 2019

Violet and Clarence Richardson have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary.

The couple, of Wingfield Road,Athersley South, share their anniversary with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan.

Clarence, 92, and Violet, 94, married on May 19 1945 – just days after the Second World War was officially declared over – at Barnsley Register Office aged 18 and 20 and costing only 37-and-a-half pence.

They’d met at The Savoy Cinema in Lundwood. Violet, then of Wilman Road, Burton Grange, worked as a cinema projectionist and then a cleaner at Carlton and Smithies Ex-Service Men’s Club, and Clarence, then of Park Avenue in Cudworth, also worked as a projectionist and then a supervisor at Butterfield and Massies but moved to work for the council until his retirement.

Together the pair share eight children, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The pair celebrated with all their family visiting over the weekend of their anniversary.