First couple to wed at Corn Exchange celebrate 40 years

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Councillor Terry Clements and his wife Vivienne celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary at the weekend - having been the very first couple to wed at Bury’s Corn Exchange.

The happy couple met at the Stepacol Youth Club when Terry was 17 and Viv 16 and after going out for six years, tied the knot on July 27, 1974.

Terry said he won a bet with a friend after taking Viv out to the pub.

He said: “A group of us lads went to the club from school and I gave Viv a lift home.

“Afterwards we went to the Queen’s Head for drink.

“I won half a crown going out with her that night.

“I had said I wanted to go out with her but a mate of mine said he wanted to as well.

“Later when I was having a drink in the Queen’s Head with her I had a coin thrown at me and I knew I had won the bet.”

More than 100 people turned up at the Corn Exchange to see the couple marry, although there were not many around to wave them off.

Vivienne said: “We were told at the time we were the very first couple to get married there. At the end of the night, because everyone was having so much fun inside, we only had three people to see us off on our honeymoon.

Viv said the key to a long and happy relationship was communication.

“We are best friends and take time to talk to each other, she said.

Terry said: “Also, we never argue - I just give in.”