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Diamond duo are made for each other

Alan and Nora Kendall, who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Alan and Nora Kendall, who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

A couple both born and raised in Carnforth are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Alan and Nora Kendall, 81 and 80, have lived in the same house on Kellet Road for 44 years.

The pair met at the Tower Ballroom in Morecambe when they were 17.

They were in their early twenties when they married at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Carnforth.

The couple have three children, Ian, 40, who sadly died of a brain aneurysm, Linda, 51 and Ray, 49.

They have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Alan worked as a cleaner and then as a fireman driving steam trains and trains at Carnforth train station.

He spent 26 years at Carnforth and was a part-time fireman for 20 years.

Alan got the Queen’s medal for long service.

Alan then went to Henry Coopes in Milnthorpe where he worked as a boilerman for 19 years until he retired at the age of 65.

Nora worked at the Morphy sewing factory in Carnforth as a seamstress and whilst she had small children, used her sewing machine at home.

Nora also worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School for 31 years as a dinner lady.

The pair have enjoyed sequence dancing for a number of years.

They also enjoyed a hobby of making dolls houses and garages from scratch, with Alan doing the woodwork and Nora decorating the houses and garages.

One doll’s house put up for auction raised money to buy a wheelchair for a boy who really needed it.

As for the secret to a happy marriage, Alan said: “You have your ups and downs but you’ve got to smile about it and get over it.

“If you fall out you have to fall in again.

“We will always love each other.”

Nora said: “We are very compatible.”

The couple were chauffeured to their diamond wedding celebrations in style in Eric Morecambe’s Rolls Royce and enjoyed a jazz band and disco with family and friends.

 

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