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Crash almost kept couple from altar
5:30pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
Diamond wedding couple Stan and Di Robbins, who have delivered milk to countless local households and businesses in the past 60 years,
A COUPLE whose wedding very nearly did not happen after they were involved in a serious road accident have celebrated their diamond anniversary.
Stan and Di Robbins, of Royal Wootton Bassett, celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss on Thursday with a family party. But their plans to wed on August 29, 1953 were thrown into doubt after they were injured in a crash six weeks before the big day.
Di said: “We’d been to Cheddar for the day, on Stan’s motorbike, and my leg got badly injured in the accident. An RAF ambulance took us to the Great Western Hospital at Faringdon Road and I was there for a couple of weeks. I still have the scar.
“If I hadn’t recovered in time, the wedding would have had to be postponed.”
The couple accepted compensation of £175 – £150 for Di and £25 for Stan, without taking the case to court.
“That was an enormous sum of money in those days,” said Di, now 78.
They were married, as planned, at St Sampson’s Church, Cricklade, near Di’s childhood home at Latton.
“I was 18, which nowadays might be thought rather young, but there have been no regrets,” she said. “We’ve always had a good partnership.”
Their wedding reception, at Cricklade Town Hall, cost 10 shillings (50p) a head, and the bill for their wedding night, at the Rougemount Hotel, Exeter, was £2 9s exactly.
Their home in the early years of their marriage was a bed-sit in one of two tin bungalows that used to stand at the corner of Whitehill Lane.
The Robbinses bought a house in Station Road for £1,100, and about 40 years ago built their present home in the garden and orchard.
Stan, who has lived in the town all his life, was a pupil at the Council School (now County Infants) and worked as a milk roundsman for Fred Buckland.
“I bought a round at Lydiard and later set up in business at Wootton Bassett,” he said.
Stan, now 85, and Di, still do some early morning deliveries to business premises.
“In the first 17 years of our marriage, we didn’t have a day off,” said Di.
Over the years, they have dealt with various emergencies while out on their round, and in 2001 they were thrilled to attend an Investiture at which Prince Charles presented an MBE to Stan for service to the community.
The couple’s sons Adrian and Mark are maintaining the family’s tradition, which still includes doorstep deliveries.
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