It was ‘instant attraction’ for Alexander and Margaret who married in March 50 years ago
A couple who were born, fell in love and had children in March will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary this month.
Margaret Daphne Warner married Alexander James Frank LeFevre at St John’s Church in March 50 years ago.
The pair met at the age of 15 when they were still at school; Alexander went to the Hereward Old Boys School whilst Margaret attended the High School for Girls.
“I first saw Margaret when she was playing tennis at what is now March Braza Club and it developed from there,” said Alexander.
“I thought she was very attractive and that I should take a chance to introduce myself.
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“I was riding my racing bicycle at the time so I stopped and called out – that was the beginning.”
For Margaret, “it was instant attraction”, she said; “but I thought he was lost and needed directions.”
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The couple’s first date was at the Hippodrome cinema in March.
“We married very young – on the day of Margaret’s dad’s 40th birthday – and moved into a house in Norwood Road,” added Alexander, who worked as a fireman for British Rail.
It wasn’t long until they discovered a shared interest in long-distance running and athletics.
Alexander, who was a founding member of March Athletic Club in 1976, has completed seven London marathons; whilst Margaret has run one.
“We’re slowing down a bit now,” said Alexander, now aged 67.
“But we do still go walking - we like coastal walks.”
The couple, who now live in Kent, have two children: Susan and Andrew, five grandchildren: Katrina, Francesca, Lucianna, Sienna-Lorelle and Harrison-James, and two great-grandchildren: Noah-Zayne and Loki.
Alexander’s mum Rosie, who still lives in March, aged 87, completes the five generations in the family.
“The arrival of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren” has been their favourite part of marriage, whilst Margaret, 66, suggests that “giving more than you take”, is the key to a long, happy marriage.
Together, and with family, they have enjoyed a number of holidays over the years.
“For my 60th birthday we travelled on the Orient Express to Venice,” Alexander said.
“Scotland, as well, is one of our favourite places we’ve visited. The scenery is tranquil and the people are friendly and co-operative. It’s more back to basics.”
Mr and Mrs LeFevre will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Thursday January 26 with a meal and three-day holiday with family and friends.