VIDEO: Sheffield couple’s 70th wedding anniversary

Their eyes first met at one of Sheffield’s so-called ‘monkey racks’ – a haven for young courting couples – and 70 years on they’re still devoted to one another.

It was love at first sight for young Harry Beeley when he spotted stylish Heeley lass Gladys Moore at a Firth Park pub and he asked her out that very night.

Harry and Gladys Beeley celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at Greenhill Nursing home in Sheffiled

Harry and Gladys Beeley celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at Greenhill Nursing home in Sheffiled

The platinum couple, now both aged 94, enjoyed plenty of dates before they were married at Heeley Parish Church in July, 1943.

Harry said: “I met her and took her out the next week. We were courting a long time.

“I didn’t ask her dad’s permission, I just asked her and she said yes and that was it. Her mum was happy but I remember her dad saying ‘you never asked me!’.”

After Harry left his job as a moulder at Laycock’s they became landlord and landlady at the Hog’s Head pub in Hackenthorpe and later The Bowl in Chapeltown.

Harry and Gladys Beeley on their wedding day 70 years ago.

Harry and Gladys Beeley on their wedding day 70 years ago.

Married life threw its fair share of hurdles along the way – most notably the birth of their twin daughters Anne and Nita, both 67, when they were expecting just one.

Nita said: “One came out and then the doctor said it was time to deliver the other.

“I think Dad got a bit of a shock, neither of them knew. We only weighed 3lbs each and were in incubators in Jessop.

“Mum had decided on Anita for a girl so she just split the name in two.”

Harry cared for Gladys, who has Alzheimer’s disease, at their home on Sharrow Lane until four years ago when she moved in to Seven Hills Nursing Home – close enough to allow him to visit around three times a week.

The couple now sit at the head of a big family, including their two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Their daughters threw a special romantic lunch at Seven Hills, laying a table complete with a bunch of red roses like the ones the bride held on her wedding day.

Anne said: “They’ve been married so long we couldn’t find any 70th wedding anniversary cards.

“We looked everywhere, but they only went up to 60 or 65. I didn’t realise it was such an exceptional occasion.”