Happy anniversary to diamond couple who fell in love as teenagers at school in Bury St Edmunds

Daphne and Richard Stannard from Bury St Edmunds with a cross stitch made by their daughter Marion to mark their Golden wedding 10 years ago

Daphne and Richard Stannard from Bury St Edmunds with a cross stitch made by their daughter Marion to mark their Golden wedding 10 years ago

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They met and fell in love as teenagers at the Silver Jubilee School in Bury St Edmunds – and today (18) town couple Richard and Daphne Stannard were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Richard was 20 and serving in the navy when he married Daphne.

“I had to ask her father’s permission as well as the permission of the captain because I wasn’t 21,” he said.

The couple went on to run The Chequers pub (now Lloyds TSB) in Risbygate Street for nine years, while Richard also worked for several firms as an agricultural engineer.

Daphne worked in a number of pubs in and around the town.

They also ran an allotment together for many years giving some of their produce to Chestnut Court sheltered housing, although they had to give up the allotment two years ago.

As well as being a keen gardener and looking after other people’s garden’s, Richard was a bell ringer for 55 years, ringing at St Mary’s Church and the Cathedral.

“It was just a hobby and a family tradition – it is something my father and two of my brothers did,” Richard said.

They have two children, Marion and John – Marion made them a cross stitch of their wedding photo for their Golden wedding 10 years ago.

They also have a grandson Christopher, granddaughter Sarah and seven great grandchildren.

Daphne’s chief bridesmaid Sylvia Hooker has come over from Seattle to help them celebrate.

When asked the secret of 60 happy years of marriage, Daphne said: “We never go to bed on a row, we kiss and make up before hand.”