It's strictly Boxing Day ballroom for diamond couple Alan and Edith Gray
ON BOXING Day in 1950, a couple fell in love when their eyes met across a crowded dance-floor at Beverley Road Baths.
Now, more than 60 years after their first waltz together, Alan and Edith Gray were taken back to the building where they first met to celebrate their Diamond Wedding.
In the 1950s during the winter months, the water was drained from the pool to transform it into a glittering ballroom.
The couple, both 83, remember it well, and were shocked when a silver Mercedes arrived at their home in Cottingham to return to the baths and relive that romantic night.
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"It was the ladies' desire waltz but nobody asked me to dance," Alan said.
"I then spotted a young woman in a green dress and she was a vision of beauty.
"After plucking up the courage to go over to her, I asked her to dance."
Edith, known as Edie, admits she was "quite taken" by her new admirer who offered to take her home on the bus.
The pair planned to meet again when Alan returned from a trip with the Merchant Navy and they were soon an item.
"A year later, he proposed on the balcony at a dance at Hull City Hall and it was our secret for a while," Edith said.
"When everyone found out, they were quite surprised and back then you had to save up for a wedding."
The couple tied the knot in 1962 at St Barnabas Church, Boulevard, Hull, but it almost didn't happen.
Alan was stuck on a navy ship due to heavy fog and only made it back the night before the big day.
Edith said it was a "wonderful day" and she was glad he arrived in time to make her the happiest woman alive.
"We went to London for our honeymoon and stayed at the Strand Palace Hotel," she said.
They later had three children – Lance, Carl and Karen – and Edith said they revisited Beverley Road to take their children swimming.
Alan is a former police sergeant who retired after 28 years and Edith worked for medical company Smith and Nephew until she married.
"He does as he's told and it's a wonderful marriage," she laughed.
"We do a lot together and used to go all over the continent in our caravan, to France and Belgium.
"Caravanning has been a part of our lives for 38 years and we still go on trips in the UK."
The pair said they were "stunned" when their son Lance arranged for a Mercedes to take them to Beverley Road Baths and onto a party at the Guildhall for their anniversary.
Lance, who now lives in Surrey, said: "I've managed to get a lot of the family together for the occasion and my parents also have nine grandchildren.
"I think they were a bit taken aback when they were kidnapped and bundled in a Mercedes but it's a good surprise.
"I even managed to track down two of their bridesmaids and it's nice for them to come back to the Baths where they first met all those years ago.
"It was restored a while ago and much of the mosaic work, tiling and brass pipes were revealed making it a fine prospect to visit the scene of the crime."
With the assistance of staff at the Baths, the couple were met by family and friends and flashing cameras, to capture the moment for years to come.
"I thought we'd been set up," Alan said. "But it was a lovely idea and we are absolutely still in love with each other after 62 years.
"She's a wonderful woman and makes brilliant onion gravy."