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Celebrations for 65 happy years together
3:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A GOOSTREY couple are celebrating 65 years of marriage after meeting at a farmer’s dance.
Norma and Arthur Leech, both in their 90s, of Woodlands Drive, met at a young farmer’s dance in Knutsford Town Hall 73 years ago.
They moved to Goostrey five years ago, having lived in Lower Peover their whole lives and marked their wedding anniversary on Sunday with a lunch party at the Swettenham Arms.
Both have led busy and interesting lives.
Mr Leech, who followed his father’s footsteps as a farmer, was deemed champion ploughman, having won many ploughing competitions throughout the UK.
He was then asked to be a judge at the competitions, including the renowned Calgary Stampede in Canada and subsequently became the England manager for the World Ploughing Championships in Norway.
Arthur, aged 95, told the Guardian: “Meeting Norma was the best thing that happened to me in my life.
“We are still very much in love and also very special friends. The secret to a happy marriage is about give and take as well as patience and understanding with one another.”
Mrs Leech, 90, who was born at Blue Bell Farm in Knutsford, was the youngest of seven children and has been chairman of Knutsford Flower Club, Lower Peover WI, Lower Peover’s Mothers Union and the North West Antique Club.
The couple have three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren and have supported Lower Peover Church their whole life.
Arthur was a choir boy there and then a sidesman, churchwarden and bell ringer, while Norma arranged the flowers for wedding and events and did the cleaning there.
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