Great-grandma Marjorie Liggins is getting ready to waltz into wedlock – after being swept off her feet by her dancing partner at the age of 92.
The retired tailoress will quickstep down the aisle with her 86-year-old dance partner Norman Camm at St James’ Church in Woodhouse this Saturday.
Her 75-year-old niece Lilian is to be her bridesmaid, while Norman’s pal Gerald Gunstone, 82, will be best man.
Marjorie, who lived in Crookes and later Ecclesall but moved to Brunswick Gardens Retirement Village in Woodhouse almost two years ago, regularly goes sequence dancing, a hobby she began learning 16 years ago.
After the wedding Norman will be moving in with her at her apartment in the retirement village, where the couple first began dancing together.
Marjorie, whose granddaughter Lyanne and daughter-in-law Janet will be matrons of honour, said: “Norman started coming to the dances down here and we started dancing together quite regularly.
“After a while he asked me to be his permanent dance partner.”
A while later Norman, who has a son and two grandsons, knocked at Marjorie’s door with a huge bunch of roses.
“As soon as I came out of the kitchen he dropped to his knees,” she said.
“Norman had decided he wanted to get married - and he wanted to get married quickly as there isn’t much time left.”
The couple’s families and staff of Brunswick Village have all been involved for the last six weeks in helping to plan their big day, including daughter-in-law Janet who made and sent out the invitations.
“I bet people thought it was going to be a funeral not a wedding,” laughed Marjorie at the thought of the invitations landing. “I shocked them!
“It is lovely as I can invite all my relatives that I haven’t seen for a long time.”
Marjorie said the staff had been ‘marvellous’ helping to arrange the celebrations, which include a wedding lunch after the service and an evening party in the ballroom with 120 guests.
“Everybody has helped with different things,” Marjorie said.
“From the small wedding I thought I was going to have it’s turned out to be a very big one!”
Marjorie, who used to run a little gown shop on Weston Road in Crookes, said her big day on Saturday is going to be very different to her first wedding to husband Raymond during World War Two – when she had to share a bridal dress with a friend.
This time round she will wear a silver-grey dress and coat and a lilac fascinator, while retired engineer Norman - whose first wife Barbara died two years ago - will wear a new silver-grey suit.
Suzanne Simons, activities facilitator at Brunswick Gardens, described Marjorie – who in her spare time volunteers at the village library - as a ‘lovely, glamorous lady’.
“It is the first wedding celebration we have had here,” she said.
“The local vicar agreed to do the whole thing for them for nothing.”
After all the celebrating the happy couple are to jet off to Tenerife for their honeymoon.