Diamonds danced into each other’s arms

John & Ednal Lawles celebrate their Diamond Wedding

John & Ednal Lawles celebrate their Diamond Wedding

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LIKE many teenagers of the time, they danced the nights away at a Sheffield club.

But John Lawless and Edna Fowler, who have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, only had eyes for each other when they danced at Southey Green Working Men’s Club in 1947.

Both aged 16, the couple started going out – and say their love grew stronger by the day.

Five years later, in 1952, John and Edna were married at St Cecilia’s Church, in Chaucer Close, Parson Cross.

They made their home in Parson Cross where they lived until moving to Hoyland, Barnsley, seven years ago.

John, now aged 81, a former maintenance worker at Batchelor’s Foods in Hillsborough, served with the 16 Bomb Disposal Squad during National Service.

Based in Hull, it was his job to deal with the many unexploded bombs dropped on the city during World War Two.

Edna, 80, also worked at Batchelor’s, but left to raise their son, Michael.

John said: “We met at Southey Green Club where we learned to dance.

“Edna caught my eye straight away – it was love at first sight I suppose.”

They celebrated their diamond anniversary with family at a country pub.

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