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Wedding quartet celebrates 65 years

DOUBLE WEDDING Charles and Sylvia Sugden and Thomas and Kathleen Maundrill were married on December 18, 1948.

DOUBLE WEDDING Charles and Sylvia Sugden and Thomas and Kathleen Maundrill were married on December 18, 1948.

When brother and sister Charles and Kathleen held their double wedding, they formed a quartet that would stick together for decades.

The Sugden siblings married their prospective partners at St Peter’s Church in Birstall on December 18, 1948.

The two couples are now celebrating 65 years of marriage – and still meet each week for a fish and chips lunch.

“We were always together during our courting days,” said Kathleen, who became Maundrill.

“My family lived on Kirkgate near the church, so it wasn’t a problem to organise it there.

“My grandfather was a bell ringer there so we had the wedding peal.”

Kathleen’s husband, Thomas, originally of Gomersal, met her brother Charles when they were in the navy.

Kathleen then got to know him when they both worked at the former Burnley’s Mill in Spen Lane, Gomersal.

Charles met his wife Sylvia, originally of Heckmondwike, at a wedding.

The two couples were married at St Peter’s Church and celebrated afterwards at James’ Hall, now the Conservative Club in Low Lane, Birstall.

They held an evening reception at the Black Bull, Birstall, then owned by Charles and Kathleen’s grandparents.

“It was a beautiful sunny day,” Kathleen added.

Kathleen and Thomas have four children and Charles and Sylvia have three, as well as lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

By pure coincidence, the first three children on both sides were born within months of each other.

The quartet now meet each Thursday for fish and chips at Tingley Fish Bar in Morley.

“It’s nice to have a chat and catch up,” Kathleen said.

 

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