Ballroom dancers celebrate 70 years of marriage in Rugby

Joan and Eric celebrated their platinum anniversary with a party at Trinity Court, Rugby
Joan and Eric celebrated their platinum anniversary with a party at Trinity Court, Rugby
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A Rugby couple have danced their way to a rare milestone – their platinum wedding anniversary.

Joan and Eric Price, of Trinity Court, Hillmorton, met at Marshall and Aston textile wholesalers in Manchester in 1939.

The couple's family joined them to mark the milestone

The couple's family joined them to mark the milestone

The couple, who love sequence and ballroom dancing, moved to Rugby two-and-a-half years ago to be closer to some of their family.

They married St Werburgh’s Church in Chorlton-cum-Hardy on February 26 1945.

Eric, 93, arrived home on leave from the army on February 25 and married Joan, 92, the following day. They enjoyed four days on honeymoon in Llandudno before Eric returned to his army post in Europe.

Joan said: “The secret to our long and happy marriage is our shared love of ballroom and modern sequence dancing which has brought us a large circle of long-standing friends.”

Eric and Joan on their wedding day

Eric and Joan on their wedding day

Relatives and friends from far and wide joined them to celebrate their 70 years of marriage, along with fellow residents at Trinity Court last week.

They have a son David, two grandchildren Fiona and Stephanie, and four great-grandchildren Sophie, five, Luke, four, James, one, and Amelia, one.

When asked what advice he would give to young couples, Eric said: “There will always be disagreements, but never go to bed leaving them unresolved.

“Don’t be too proud to admit you are wrong, or to say sorry, and expect a marriage to have ups and downs.”

Joan and Eric received 40 cards, several bouquets of flowers, gifts and had a cake made to celebrate the special occasion.