A KENDAL couple who have danced their way through life together are celebrating a landmark 70 years of marriage.

Professional dancers Alex and Pat Gordon, from Fernwood Drive in Kendal, first met through their parents in Morecambe at a dance, when Mrs Gordon was 18 years old.

Now in their 90s the couple tied the knot on June 4, 1949 at Kendal Parish Church and have lived in the area ever since.

During the Second World War Mr Gordon, now 93, served in the army in The Loyal Regiment, North Lancashire, Royal Irish Fusiliers and Royal Hampshire Regiment.

While her husband was in the army, Mrs Gordon, now 91, worked at Martins Bank and then left to help run the family’s grocery business at Anchorite Fields after her mother died.

After the war Mr and Mrs Gordon were shopkeepers at Anchorite Stores in Kendal until their retirement in the 1980s.

The couple have one son, Geoffrey, who was born in 1950.

According to Mr Gordon the “recipe for a long and happy marriage” was to “work together all day and avoid having arguments”.

Outside of work Mr Gordon was a keen sportsman.

He was a good golfer and at one time was president of Kendal Golf Club.

He also enjoyed playing badminton.

Aside from modern sequence dancing with her husband, Mrs Gordon had a talent for tennis and was known to be a very good player.

Seven decades later, the couple are the proud grandparents to two grandsons, Matthew, 41 and Simon, 38.

They also have three great-grandchildren, Caitlin, 17, Shannon,12, and Evan, nine.

The great-grandparents marked their wedding anniversary with a special day out with the family and a meal out.

Platinum anniversary is a milestone reached by only one in a million couples in the UK.