50 years of wedded bliss for couple who met on blind date

Golden wedding couple Barbara and Eric Muspratt.
Golden wedding couple Barbara and Eric Muspratt.

A blind date led to 50 years of marriage for Hartlepool couple Eric and Barbara Muspratt.

The devoted pair are celebrating their golden wedding after they were introduced by a friend of Barbara’s.

The life-changing meeting took place after Barbara travelled the two bus rides from Wakefield to a cafe in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, where Eric was living at the time.

They hit it off and were married on July 24, 1965, at Heckmondwike.

Within five years, they moved from Yorkshire to Hartlepool where Eric’s parents lived.

They were also looking for a good school for their children Paula and Mark, who are deaf, to attend.

The couple, of Caithness Road, also have two other children, Kenneth Muspratt and Mandy Croll.

Eric, 70, worked at Remploy in Hartlepool.

Barbara, 68, worked as a cleaner at Hartlepool College of Further Education for five years before giving it up to concentrate on raising the children.

Today, they enjoy going for walks around the Hartlepool area and spending time with their large family, which includes eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren – with another on the way.

Eric and Barbara, will celebrate the milestone with a big family party. Barbara said of the last 50 years: “It has gone quick.”

It doesn’t seem two minutes since we had the children.”
Asked what the secret is to their successful marriage she added: “We argue like everybody but always make it up. I think children keep you together.”