Dancing Rugby duo celebrate 60 years of marriage

David and Ann Hayward
David and Ann Hayward

A romantic rendezvous across the dance floor led to 60 years of happy marriage for one Rugby couple.

David and Ann Hayward, of Barby Lane, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Saturday.

We make each other laugh – that’s what it’s all about

David Hayward

They enjoyed a two-day trip to Jersey in the sunshine to mark their 60th anniversary.

The couple, both 82, first set eyes on each other when they were in their teens.

David was a pupil at Lawrence Sheriff and Ann went to Rugby High School.

“We used to wave at each other when we were about 15 or 16,” said Ann.

Their friendship grew when they attended St Peter’s Church.

Ann, who worked in her family’s business for many years doing office work, added: “I taught him to dance in the church hall.”

They enjoyed long walks by the canal and their weekly trip to the cinema.

Ann said: “We used to go at least once a week and adventure films were our favourite.

“The cinema used to be the Granada in Rugby. We used to queue up the street to get in.”

The couple married at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, after David was granted leave from the RAF when he was based in Blackpool.

Ann said: “He was the only one who was allowed leave so it was extra special.

“Then we went to Minehead for a few days for our honeymoon.”

They went on to have three children – Leslie, Lindsey and Gavin.

They are the proud grandparents of William, Lucy, Hannah and Harry.

David said: “We had a lovely break in Jersey to celebrate our anniversary.

“It was beautiful with clear, blue skies”

They are agreed a long and successful marriage was down to getting along and having a good sense of humour.

“Give and take all the way,” said Ann.

David added: “We make each other laugh – that’s what it’s all about.”

David celebrates his 83rd birthday at the weekend.