Wedding bells at 60th anniversary

Norman and Betty Blades from Thurston will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on June 28.
Norman and Betty Blades from Thurston will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on June 28.
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A COUPLE from Thurston celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary – by watching their grandson get married himself.

Norman and Betty Blades, 80 and 83, were married on June 28, 1952, at St Peter and St Mary’s Church, in Stowmarket, after meeting at an RAF dance.

On Saturday, the pair saw their grandson, who lives in New Zealand, marry his bride at Great Barton Church attended by family and friends from all over the globe.

The diamond couple, who have six grandchildren, went out with family and friends on the day of their anniversary for a meal in Thurston.

Betty, who used to work on a farm with her husband, said: “The day we got married was a very hot day – not the sort of weather we are having at the moment.

“We met at a dance at the Constitution Club while Norman was doing his national service at Wattisham.

“We hadn’t got a car so had to travel quite a distance on the train to see each other.

“Everybody asks what the secret is to a happy marriage.

“I think it is really about working as a team and respecting each other.”