Former MP Sir Eldon Griffith remarries in Bury St Edmunds aged 88

Sir Eldon Griffiths gets married in Bury St Edmunds.   FL; Sir Eldon best man son John Griffiths, Sir Eldon's wife Susan Donnell and witness Prof Virginia Greiman.
Sir Eldon Griffiths gets married in Bury St Edmunds. FL; Sir Eldon best man son John Griffiths, Sir Eldon's wife Susan Donnell and witness Prof Virginia Greiman.
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She is an American author from the powerful Randolph family who include Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

Sir Eldon Griffiths, 88, former MP of Bury St Edmunds, married for the third time on Tuesday.

His wife Susan Donnell, is godmother to Sir Eldon’s children from his first marriage, including son John who is leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

John was best man for his father as he tied the knot at the town’s register office .

“I’ve known Eldon since I was 25 and we have shared experiences throughout life so it is not a strange occurrence,” said the new Lady Griffiths.

“I love the town. I’ve not only married a wonderul man but a wonderful town.

“Everybody is so courteous and it is so interesting here.

“There is more that happens here in a week than happens in Orange County in a month – or longer.

“I’ve been trying to get my shoes dyed for three weeks and I come here and a shop does it just like that.

“These things are important to a lady.”

The new Lady Griffiths is a direct descendant of John Rolfe the man who married Pocahontas, and she wrote a book of the same name.

She has also written about Bartholomew Gosnold from Bury, one of the first Virginia settlers.

Sir Eldon who was the town’s MP for 28 years from 1964 to 1992 said: “Today I am welcoming my new bride Lady Griffiths to my family, to Bury and to British politics.”

The service was followed by a reception at the Athenaeum where town guests included Lord and Lady Tebbit, and mayor of St Edmundsbury Terry Buckle.

It was followed by a sservice in London on Wednesday, while further celebrations are due to take place in the USA later this year.

Tuesday’s wedding came three years after the death of Sir Eldon’s second wife, Lady Betty Griffiths.

Prof Virginia Greiman was a witness to the wedding,

“The two of them are so well matched in terms of building bridges between the UK and the United States. It is fantastic that they should marry.

“It is remarkable and I feel proud to have been a part of it.”

John meanwhile said: “I have known both the bride and groom for all of my life.

“It is a unique and happy occasion.”