Former landlords celebrate 64th wedding anniversary

A COLLINGHAM couple have celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Jack Greaves, 88, met wife Doris, 87, at a dance hall in Meanwood, Leeds, in 1942. Jack was working as an instrument maker in the city and Doris worked in an office at R W Crabtree’s on Water Lane.

They married two years later at All Saints Church, on York Road, Leeds, and honeymooned in Morecambe, Lancashire.

Mr Greaves said: “I was called back from the honeymoon three days after being there because we had invaded Europe. I was a member of the admiralty staff in the Second World War.”

The couple moved to Wetherby in 1949, where they became licensees of the Fox and Hounds pub in Boston Spa.

Eighteen months later they became licensees of The Old Fox Inn, Kirk Deighton – a role they took on for 16 years. The pub later became known as The Alpine Inn, which burned down in May 2006.

Mr Greaves held many concerts at the inn, which featured many well-known artists at the time.

He said: “In a way I was a bit of an impresario as well as a pianist and organist. When I was licensee I held roadshows. A number of artists appeared there including David Whitfield, Ronnie Hylton, Roy Hudd, Dickie Henderson, The Batchelor and hosts of others.”

Morecambe and Wise also performed at the inn. Mr Greaves said: “It was very good and they were very funny. I had a photograph of all these artists in a big scrapbook but unfortunately we were flooded in Collingham and they washed away.”

The happy couple has two sons, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mr Greaves said: “We have had a very happy marriage and the secret to its success has been working together.”