Ilkeston couple still going strong 65 years on

Celebrating their sixty fifth wedding anniversary, Mavis and Les Kibble
Celebrating their sixty fifth wedding anniversary, Mavis and Les Kibble

A Ilkeston couple who met in a dance hall are celebrating 65 years of marriage.

Les and Mavis Kibble married on June 17, 1950, at St Mary’s Church,

Ninety-year-old Les is a former Stanton ironworker, chauffeur and D-Day veteran, and Mavis, 88, worked in the Andriesse soft furnishings factory.

They met when Les asked her for a dance at the Premier Ballroom in Market Street.

She said: “He asked me for a dance but I played it cool. He wanted to take me home but I told him ‘no, I’m not being too eager’.

During the Second World War, Mavis worked for Dutch firm Andriesse, making bedspreads.

She said: “We had to move out of the factory to another because the government wanted to take over for war work.

“We used to make mosquito nets for soldiers.”

Les was in the Navy from the age of 19 at the time of the D Day landings.

When he left the Navy he worked at Stanton Ironworks as a chauffeur to the senior managers.

He then moved on to the fire and ambulance service based at the ironworks until he was made redundant.

The couple have one son called Simon, who is 56. Mavis said doctors called him a ‘miracle child’ as she was told she would not be able to conceive.

They have three grandchildren called Oliver, James and William.

Mavis said: “They keep us going, they are lovely lads.”

The couple revealed the secret to a long and happy marriage. Les said: “I think the key is doing your own thing and bringing home a good dinner at the end of the day.”

Sixty five years of marriage is known as blue sapphire.