‘I’m so glad I went on that blind date!’ says golden wedding grandmother Margaret


Motorcycle racing might not be every girl’s idea of a romantic date, but for Margaret Lewis it proved the ticket to 50 years of wedded bliss.

The Bridgend grandmother and her husband David will toast their golden wedding anniversary on Friday , and Margaret says she can recall the day they first clapped eyes on each other like it was yesterday.

“I was 15 and David was 18 when we met,” said the 68-year-old of Park Court Road.

“David was at college and a friend of his suggested that he join him and his girlfriend for a bank holiday day out.

“I worked with the girlfriend in the Co-Operative stores in Bridgend and I tagged along. I suppose you’d call it a blind date.

“There used to be motorbike racing – which was big back then – in Kenfig Hill so we all went to watch that.

“We went back to my friend’s house for tea and then we all went to the fair in Porthcawl. It wasn’t love at first sight but it was lovely and I remember it like it was yesterday.

“We decided to meet up on the following Saturday and from there everything just blossomed.”

The couple went on to marry a few year later in 1964, enjoying a big family wedding at Laleston Church followed by a reception at Bridgend’s Dunraven Hotel, and a week-long honeymoon in Bournemouth.

After a spell living with her new mother-in-law, Margaret and her new husband, a miner at Wyndham Colliery, moved to a cottage in Laleston that had been renovated by David.

They couple went on to have three children – Mandy, Juliet and Christopher – and David, now 71, devoted more than 30 years of his working life to a local pharmaceutical company.

Now both retired, the couple say they enjoy nothing more than the garden, relaxing coach holidays “where someone else takes care of the driving” and being surrounded by their family.

“We’ve got five grandchildren now and the family is very close,” added Margaret.

“It’s always a busy house here with plenty going on and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My daughter’s arranged for a lovely family party to celebrate the occasion so we are both really looking forward to that.”

And echoing the sentiments of many other couples celebrating such a marriage milestone, Margaret believes “a bit of give and take” is key.

“I think it’s about supporting each other and learning to give and take. But that’s not easy as some people make it sound, it’s definitely something that comes with time. But after 50 years, you definitely know each other’s ways and it’s easier then.

“I had no idea all those years ago that the blind date would lead to 50 years of marriage, even though in those days you were more mature and life was very different.

“You were expected to leave school and get a job and people did marry young, but I’m glad I went on that blind date and I still feel lucky that I found him so early on.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/im-glad-went-motorbike-racing-8170747