Chesterfield couple who 'absolutely adore each other' celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss

"We absultely adore each other. That's what's kept us together all these wonderful years."

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 11:16 am
Rita and William Blanksby with a card from the Queen to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Picture by Brian Eyre.

Those are the words of Rita Blanksby, who has been married to her husband William for 65 years.

The couple, of Tansley Drive, Chesterfield, celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary with a family meal at Brampton Manor last Wednesday.

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Rita and William Blanksby with a card from the Queen to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Picture by Brian Eyre.

William, 87, and Rita, 84, met at the Archers Club in Staveley on Christmas Day, 1953.

Rita said she was helping her mum - who worked at the club - when she saw William and it was 'love at first sight'.

They tied the knot at Staveley Parish Church on August 14, 1954.

They have two children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

William and Rita on their wedding day, which they described as 'absolutely wonderful'.

The husband and wife were delighted to receive a card from the Queen to celebrate their special day.