A COUPLE whose eyes met over a dance floor celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this week.
Jack Glasson, 87, and his wife Olive, 88, of Warmden Avenue, Baxenden, celebrated their "blue sapphire’’ milestone yesterday (Thursday).
Love blossomed when they first met back in 1940 at Accrington Conservative Club.
Jack said: "I would go dancing every Saturday night. We were in the Majestic Ballroom and that’s when I first met Olive. We carried on courting until I asked her to marry me in 1941. I bought her a ring and we got engaged."
Two years later, they tied the knot at St Andrew’s Church, Accrington. The same evening the newlywed couple set out for their week-long honeymoon to Morecambe during the wartime blackout.
Jack recalled: "The war was on and there were no lights after dark. We arrived in Morecambe in the middle of the night."
After the wedding Jack began work at Emerson and Renwick, Church, while Olive worked at the Co-operative Laundry in Oswaldtwistle.
Later, Jack joined the RAF, completing his training, which lasted two years, in Weston-super-Mare.
He had leave at weekends and would use this time to visit his wife.
However, when Jack was sent to serve in India the couple were separated for months at a time, but kept in touch by writing.
Olive had their first child, a son John, in 1946. Their daughter Pamela was born in 1953. John now lives in Oxford and Pamela in Bath.
Jack said: "We do see a lot of them and they arrange for us to go out on all our anniversaries and always surprise us.
"They took us to visit Buckingham Palace for our 60th anniversary with the grandchildren.
"We’ve been told that there will be a surprise party but we don’t know where. They’re keeping that a secret."
Jack and Olive have two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and say they are still very happy together.