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John and Judith David met at Queen Mary College at London University in the mid-1950s and married close to Judith’s family home in Nottinghamshire in 1961. John, born into a Welsh family, was born and brought up in Brighton.
The couple lived in many regions of England in their married life to accommodate John’s work, including North Manchester and Burnley. Judith’s career has been in teaching.
The David’s arrived in Pendle in 1974, moving into the magnificent house of Hoarstones at Fence, where they keep rare livestock of cow, sheep and ducks in the grounds. Hoarstones also has historical interest with its links with the Pendle Witches. The couple have two children, a son Huw and a daughter Mary.
Liberal Democrat Councillor David joined Pendle Council as the member for Old Laund Booth in 1986 and with his wife became Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle in 1992/3. John has listed his proudest achievements as the establishment of green belt land near Noggarth and the successful fight against a recycling plant at Greenhead Lane.
In 2011 David remained leader of the Liberal Democrat group in Pendle whilst also taking on other important posts, including chairing Pendle Partnership Forum, a key Local Strategic Partnership which brings together organisations and people from the public, private, voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Both John and Judith are both keen musicians. Mrs David plays the double-bass with Burnley Orchestra and conducts Colne Orchestra, an orchestra she joined at twelve years of age. John plays cello with both orchestras.
Mrs David said: “We’ve had a wonderful marriage. And we had a wonderful time last weekend. On Friday, we had a party with friends and neighbours”. Guests included the current Liberal Democrat Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, Coun. Nadeem Ahmed and his wife Rukhsana. Many other guests travelled from across the country to join the couple and Mrs David’s pen-friend since 1953 travelled from Germany.
Family celebrations of their golden wedding anniversary took place the following day. We send both John and Judith our very best wishes for the future.