6:00am Monday 10th June 2013
By Liam Thorp
A COUPLE who first met at a Bolton ice rink are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
Dorothy and Eddie Atkinson met at Alnor Hall in 1959 and, after getting engaged in 1961, tied the knot two years later at Bolton Parish Church on June 8, 1963.
Eddie Atkinson said he had his eye on his bride-to-be for quite a while.
He said: “I saw her at the ice rink and was chuffed when a friend came over and said ‘she fancies you’.”
“We had our first date at the Castle Street Church dance and it all went from there.”
Mr Atkinson, a retired engineer, and Mrs Atkinson, who worked in fashion, live in Torridon Road, Breightmet.
They have two daughters, Allison and Beverley, and Allison arranged a party for the happy couple to celebrate their big day.
Mr and Mrs Atkinson enjoy looking after their granddaughters, 10-year-old Alexandra and Alfie, aged seven.
Speaking about when they first met, Mrs Atkinson said: “I thought Eddie was quite tall and quite nice.
“He had a good sense of humour and was in the boys’ brigade — overall I thought he was not a bad lad.”
The couple said that neither of them “popped the question” about marriage and that it was more of a mutual agreement.
At the party, instead of gifts, the couple asked for donations to the Royal National Lifeguard Institution, a cause they are very passionate about — Mrs Atkinson has previously done charity swims for the organisation.
The pair are now planning to jet off to sunny Turkey to continue their celebrations.
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