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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Kissing keeps love awake

A SIMPLE kiss goodnight has helped to make Billy and Molly Holmes’ marriage long-lasting.

“Since getting married 60 years ago, I have always made sure to give Molly a kiss good night,” explains 86-year-old Billy.

Holding Molly’s hand while recalling how they first met, Billy said: “When I was a boy I lived on the next farm to Molly, at Stony Cragg in Ulverston.

“We would get a taxi to school together and play together in the fields.”

By the age of 20 the couple were dating and at 26 they got married at St John’s Church, Osmotherley in Ulverston.

“Our wedding was a small affair,” explains Billy.

“It wasn’t like one of those big ones that youngsters have nowadays. We only had around twenty guests between us.

“We did manage to make the front page of the local newspaper though as Molly’s maiden name was Holme, so she only had to change one letter of her surname when we got married.”

Spending most of their married life farming at Roosecote, the couple, went on to have two daughters. Both of our daughters teach and our three grandsons are all very successful, so we are very proud. We have had a lovely life together.”

The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 16 April.

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