Mary is Brian’s diamond

Brian and Mary Dickinson, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding.
Brian and Mary Dickinson, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding.

When Brian Dickinson first came to Morecambe on holiday with his newly-married brother and wife, he did nothing but moan. But he soon stopped when he clapped eyes on the love of his life.

Last week Brian and his wife Mary celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. The couple first met at the hotel in Morecambe where he was staying all those years ago.

Brian had just been demobbed from the army and was in a bad mood, not enjoying being on holiday with newlyweds. His sister-in-law Joyce even threatened to throw him off West End Pier unless he stopped whinging!

But then he met Mary Glenton, daughter of the owners of Barton Moss hotel. Brian then came to Morecambe almost every weekend to see her.

They got married at West End Methodist church on January 3 1953.

Brian and Mary are both originally from Yorkshire - Brian from East Ardsley and Mary from Oakenshaw.

After they met, Brian was transferred to Heysham Harbour where he worked until 1971. Then the couple moved into and took over the running of Barton Moss until they retired in 1990.

They have two children Linda and Alan, and two grandchildren Tracy and Adam.

Brian and his close friend, the late Dick Hulme, ran the Christmas savings club at the Imperial Hotel on Regent Road for many years.

Both he and Mary have been members of the Independent Order of Foresters for many years and involved in local crown green bowling teams. Mary is also a longtime volunteer at Morecambe Galloways Blind Centre.

The couple now live in Rydal Court, Euston Road, where they both enjoy an active social life.