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Posted on 9 May 2018

Inspirational Padiham couple celebrate 70 years together

A devoted couple from Padiham are celebrating a remarkable 70 years of marriage.

Douglas and Eleanor Butterworth, who live in a Calico Homes sheltered property, celebrated their 70th anniversary in April with a long weekend in Blackpool surrounded by their family.

Eleanor said:

“We’ve had plenty of ups and downs throughout our married life, but we still love each other very much.

“The reason we’ve been together so long is due to the fact that whenever Douglas shouts at me, I never listen!”

Douglas and Eleanor met in 1944 at the ballroom at St James Hall, Burnley, and married four years later in April 1948.

Over the years, the pair have had many different jobs: when they first got together, Douglas was a miner and Eleanor was a sewing machinist, they even ran an off licence in Accrington for a number of years.

The couple had three children, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

One of their sons’ lives in Oman and their daughter lives in Cyprus and, luckily, the distance didn’t prevent them from celebrating the momentous occasion together.

Elaine Walsh, Calico Homes’s Independent Living Officer, said:

“Douglas and Eleanor are truly an inspiration. I think 70 years together is fantastic – to be honest, I’ve never known anyone to have celebrated that many years’ of marriage!

“We’re really pleased for them and hope they have many happy years still to come.”

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