A COUPLE who met under the clock at London’s St Pancras railway station have celebrated their golden wedding.
Keith Jones was born in Appleyards Lane in Handbridge where he grew up.
He started at Handbridge St Mary’s school and then attended Victoria Road and other city schools.
Keith later completed an apprenticeship with Manweb before becoming one of the last recruits for National Service.
Feeling lonely with 29 comrades at Catterick camp in North Yorkshire, they had the chance to write to three trainee nurses.
Keith drew the name of Josie Robinson, a trainee based in London, out of the hat.
They corresponded and met under the clock at St Pancras for their first date in 1957.
Love blossomed and they were married on January 3, 1959 in Epsom just before Keith completed his service with the Army Medical Corps.
The couple moved back to Chester, living first in Cuppin Street for a few months and then in Lincoln Road, Blacon for many years before moving to Handbridge.
Keith set up his own electrical contracting business which he ran until retirement in 1990 when his son Stuart took over the business.
Josie worked as a nurse in schools before they started their family.
Keith and Josie have five children – Mike, Wendy, Stuart, Kerry and Lionel – and 12 grandchildren.
They celebrated their 50 years of married life together with a party held at Cheshire View.