Couple both born and bred in Northampton celebrate 50 years of happy matrimony

Janet and Bob Molloy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 30 and on Monday (October 1) had an afternoon tea party, in the company of 80 friends and family members.
Janet and Bob Molloy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 30 and on Monday (October 1) had an afternoon tea party, in the company of 80 friends and family members.

A Northampton pair, who fell in love during their first job on the market square, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

Janet, 71, and Bob Molloy, 72, of Kingsthorpe tied the knot at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Kettering Road on September 30, 1967 after meeting at the Royal Insurance firm on the market square.

The couple on their wedding day in 1967. They both remember their reception in Chapel Brampton, which only cost about 51 in total.

The couple on their wedding day in 1967. They both remember their reception in Chapel Brampton, which only cost about 51 in total.

Bob was an underwriting clerk and Janet was a shorthand typist at the building more recently known as The Moon on the Square pub.

"I had to go and sit on a stall next to her and dictate my notes," Bob said.

The couple got engaged almost three years after they met but Janet had to quickly find a new job at Northampton General Hospital because engaged couples couldn't work together.

When Janet was born she lived in Manfield Road in Abington, one street away from where Bob lived with his family.

He was a boy scout before attending the boys grammar school and she was a girl guide before attending the girls grammar school.

The couple, who now have two children and five great grandchildren, have lived in Kingsthorpe for over 45 years.

"It doesn't feel like 50 years, it's gone so quickly," Janet said.

They are both active members of the Kingsthorpe Baptist Church choir, where Janet acts as secretary, and like to walk and holiday together in Guernsey.

Instead of asking for presents for their wedding anniversary, Janet and Bob asked for donations for Great Ormond Street Hospital and have raised £800.