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Couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
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A COUPLE from Stratton are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this week with family and life-long friends.
Ivor and Pam Douglas married 60 years ago on Thursday at St Mark’s Church.
They will be spending the day with the same neighbours they have known for almost 50 years before going for a meal at the weekend.
The pair say the secret of their long marriage has been to give and take and settle any arguments before the end of the day.
“I’m not going to say we are one of those couples who never argue but we settle everything before we go to bed,” said Ivor.
He also celebrates his celebrates his 85th birthday tomorrow.
“I have always said Pam was the best present I ever received.”
Ivor was born in Swindon while Pam moved to the town from Pakistan in 1948 following the Partition.
They met while both were working at the Wills’ Tobacco Factory.
“When I first saw her I fancied her straight away but it took me a while before I first introduced myself,” said Ivor.
“I took her to a dance in 1951 and the relationship went from there.”
The pair became engaged in 1952 before marrying a year later.
“I remember it was a beautiful red hot day,” said Pam, 85.
“All our family and friends were there. It was a fabulous day.”
Shortly after the wedding the couple went a week long honeymoon to Newquay.
Ivor worked for twelve years at Wills’ before moving to Press Steel where he worked for more than 30 years, before eventually retiring as a foreman in 1986.
After raising their two children, Pam worked at a doctor’s surgery for more than 30 years, well into her seventies.
Tennis has been a big part in Ivor’s life and he only stopped playing when he was 83.
Pam helped out at Ivor’s tennis matches, but she dedicated much of her time to raising their two sons, Paul, 57, and Collin, 52.
They also have four grandsons, Craig, Carlo, David and Lee who will be joining them along with close friends and family for a meal on Saturday.
Also coming are the bridesmaids from their wedding.
On Thursday, they will be celebrating with neighbours they have lived alongside since shortly after they married.
Ivor said: “It’s a fantastic community spirit around here and they neighbours are all very good friends.
“We all regularly talk to each other and have active social lives.”
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