TWO lovebirds who once went on a date to Burton Albion’s very first match are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss today.
The Brewers’ lifelong fan is not Leonard Styne, but in fact his wife Norah, who tries not to miss any home matches – and also turns 80 today.
The couple attended Burton Albion’s famous clash against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round, where the Brewers drew with the Premier League giants – earning them a replay at Old Trafford, which Norah also travelled to.
“I was so proud when I saw them draw,” she said. “It wasn’t so bad until half time then they brought the big guns out.”
The couple, who live in Ordish Street, Burton, met while Leonard was on leave from the airforce and went on a bread and cake round with his old workmate.
He spotted the back of an attractive girl walking down Derby Street.
Leonard said: “I said to him ‘who’s that?’ and he said ‘you deliver her family’s milk in Dallow Street every day.’”
Leonard wrote Norah a letter and eventually they were writing letters daily.
Two years later the now 82-year-old proposed to his sweetheart on top of a bus on the way back from Derby, after buying a ring.
“It was more nerve-wracking asking her father permission than it was proposing,” said Leonard.
The couple married at St Chad’s on December 5, 1953, on Norah’s 20th birthday.
They went on to have three children – Kay, Glyn and Tracey – along with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Leonard, who spent 20 years as a labourer at Bass and then 16 years at George White’s weighing lorries, still has a big passion for planes as well as fishing, while Norah has her precious Brewers’ season ticket.
They said the secret to a long marriage was ‘give and take’.