A WALK led to a chance meeting for a Uttoxeter couple who have just celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss.
Dennis Boot, 70, and his wife Sylvia, 67, of Stanley Crescent, spent the weekend among their family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in style.
The couple first met when they were in different years at St Joseph’s Catholic School, in Uttoxeter, together but it was not until they bumped into each other while both out on a walk in Denstone that they finally got together.
It was only 12 months later that they got engaged and later married in St Mary’s Catholic Church, in Balance Street, on February 23, 1983.
Mr Boot said he remembered the day well as it was the oldest winter on record.
He said: “It was bitterly cold and there was no heating in the church.”
His wife was only 17-years-old when they tied the knot and Mr Boot was just coming up to his 21st birthday.
The golden duo now have two children, daughter Sandra and son David, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
During their 50 years of marriage, they have lived in France and Australia but they are still fondly known in Uttoxeter for owning Boot Pet Store, in High Street, which they ran for 25 years before retiring 10 years ago.
“We still get people asking us to reopen,” said Mr Boot.
“We had a lot of lovely customers who we still see today around town and many people ask when we are going to open again.
“My wife has had to put up with all my sport over the years as I played football for the Uttoxeter team and even wrestled professionally for a club in Rocester.
“Trevor Smith, who was one of the best wrestlers around at the time, was with the same club.”
When asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, Mr Boot said it was all about give and take.
He said: “We make every decision together and it works.
“You have also got to have a sense of humour together. We have still go that and we still have our silly times.”
The couple celebrated the milestone anniversary with a party with around 120 of their family and friends at the Heath Community Centre, in Holly Road.
Together they catered for the event and even made their own cake.