Former town couple enjoy Golden day with family

Former Banbury residents Tony and Pat Clements celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 20. NNL-150421-130149001
Former Banbury residents Tony and Pat Clements celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 20. NNL-150421-130149001

A former Banbury couple with many special connections to the town have celebrated their Golden Wedding.

Tony and Pat Clements met at the town’s popular Winter Gardens venue and were married in St Leonard’s Church, Middleton Road on March 20, 1965.

They moved to York about 35 years ago and held an open house with family and friends on their special day, before embarking on a cruise from Singapore to Dubai on March 30, stopping off in Malaysia.

Mr Clements, 76, spent his entire career in the printing industry, starting work at the Banbury Advertiser in 1954. He later moved to Henry Stones before working for Woodrow Wyatt, at the time it printed the first colour photographs in the Banbury Guardian, in 1964.

He then moved into management when working for Donnellys in York for about nine years, before moving to another firm in Scarborough for five years.

Mrs Clements, 71, spent her career working for insurance companies, including RP Lovatt in George Street, before working for opticians when the couple moved to York.

They both enjoy gardening together, while Mr Clements enjoys playing golf and wife is an amateur artists and plays an active role in the WI and local art groups.

Mr Clements said: “I was very fortunate in the printing industry as I was there more than 49 years and enjoyed every day of it. When I worked at Donnellys we printed some high quality magazines such as Vogue and I travelled to the USA and parts of Europe. We have been living in York for more than 30 years and it is an absolutely fantastic place to live. Pat and I have our own interests and are really good friends. We gel together really well and love travelling to all parts of the world.”

The couple have two children, Sharon and Dawn.