Droylsden duo reveal secret to sixty years of wedded bliss
Friday 4th November 2016 @ 16:09 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

Two childhood sweethearts, who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, say that laughter is the key to sixty years of happy marriage.

Bill and Joan Chandley first met at high school, where they were part of the same group of friends that would go to the pictures and hang out on Ashton Old Road. Six decades later, they say they still make each other laugh.

“We laugh a lot,” Joan said. “And we share everything. But I would say laughter is the key.”

Bill and Joan were married at St Barnabas Church in Openshaw on October 27th 1956 and moved to Droylsden a few years later after the birth of their eldest daughter, Lesley.

Joan went on to have a career as a telephonist while Bill, after completing his National Service, became an engineer. He also played for both Manchester City and Manchester United’s reserve teams. “I signed for City first and then a few years later, after the Munich Air Disaster, Joe Armstrong asked me to sign for United,” he recalled.

“I played against Duncan Edwards, who really was as good as they say. I also played against Bobby Charlton and Eddie Coleman.”

Now long retired, Jean and Bill spend their time travelling the country and keeping active. “We like going on holidays,” Joan said. “We like going to Cornwall and Scotland and walking the coastal paths. It’s important for us to stay fit and healthy.”

Bill and Joan have two daughters, Lesley and Shirley; three grandsons, a granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

“Their relationship has definitely held my sister and I in good stead,” Lesley said. “I’ve been married 36 years and Shirley has been married for over 30 years. We had a good grounding. They’re wonderful parents, grandparents and great-grandparents!”

To mark their Diamond Anniversary, Bill and J0an celebrated at the Village Hotel, surrounded by their family.