Diamond couple return to Bury St Edmunds for a special celebration

Paul and Pat Brewer
Paul and Pat Brewer
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A happy couple are returning to the town in which they first met to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Pat, 79, and Paul Brewer, 82, met in Bury St Edmunds on June 2, 1953.

Paul and Pat Brewer on their wedding day

Paul and Pat Brewer on their wedding day

Paul was doing his National Service with the Royal Air Force and was invited to visit a friend serving at RAF Honington.

He had been given a 36 hour pass, which was not long enough for him to return home to Slough, so he accepted Percy Garwood’s invitation.

They went to meet some of Percy’s friends in the Abbey Gardens where a fair was being held to honour the Queen’s coronation and Paul’s future bride, Pat, nee Neary, was among them.

“At the end of the celebrations Paul and I were an item,” said Pat.

They were wed at St Edmund’s Catholic Church, Westgate Street, on October 8, 1955, and made Slough their home, before moving to Bracknell where they still live.

They have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Around 70 of their family and friends are expected to attend their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations at the Grange Hotel, Thurston, next month.

“They do everything together and they like to celebrate things, every year they go back to where they had their honeymoon in Torquay,” said their daughter Jackie Plume, of Fornham St Martin.

And it was on that honeymoon the couple were given their most important piece of marital advice.

“We were told to never go to bed on an argument,” said Paul.