Bury couple who broke the rules celebrate 65 years marriage

Jean and Willliam Hanna celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary ANL-160126-154506001
Jean and Willliam Hanna celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary ANL-160126-154506001
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The night Jean and William Hanna me, she told her mum she had met the man she was going to marry, and she did a year later, on January 20, 1951.

Last week, the 85-year-old couple from Bury St Edmunds, celebrated their 65th anniversary with family and friends.

Jean and William Hanna on their 1951 wedding day ANL-160126-154453001

Jean and William Hanna on their 1951 wedding day ANL-160126-154453001

Jean recalled they met at a dance in Liscard, Cheshire, when William was a drill instructor at nearby RAF West Kirby.

She was in an organisation called Dance Partners Only, but she broke the rules by falling for William.

“I looked across and thought ‘what a lovely person he looks’,” she said. “William didn’t dance so the others danced and I stayed with him.”

William added: “We met a week later at the local cinema and saw The Third Man.”

They have lived all over the country, but William had family in Suffolk. He retired as office manager of Ban Melle, who made Fruitella sweets in Bury, and she as a teaching assistant in Westgate Primary School.

They had a daughter, Christine who died 12 years ago, and a son, Mark, and have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.