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Horringer and Bury St Edmunds twins celebrate 60th anniversaries




Twins Michael and Peter Sandry, who married within months of each other in 1959, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries this year.

Michael, 80, married his childhood sweetheart June, in St Mary’s Church, in Bury St Edmunds, on August 8, 1959.

The couple, from Hawthorn Drive, in Horringer, met at Silver Jubilee School, in Bury St Edmunds, and started courting when they were 16.

Twins Peter and Michael Sandry with their wives Joyce and JunePicture by Mark Westley
Twins Peter and Michael Sandry with their wives Joyce and JunePicture by Mark Westley

Michael said: “She had nice blonde hair and was very slim, I even had some hair then back too.

“The time seems to have gone so fast, it doesn’t seem that long ago when it was 50 years of marriage, now it is 60.”

The pair celebrated on August 8 by going out for a meal and at the weekend they had a family party including the bridesmaids and best man from their wedding.

Michael and June Sandry on their wedding day.
Michael and June Sandry on their wedding day.

They have two children, Julie and Trevor, two grand children, three great grand children with another on the way.

Michael said the secret to his 60- year marriage to June was to ‘work together, pull together and just care of each other... it is as simple as that’.

His twin brother, Peter, married his wife, Joyce, at Lavenham Church, on October 10, 1959 – after they met at the former international Supermarket, in Bury St Edmunds.

Peter and Joyce Sandry on their wedding day.
Peter and Joyce Sandry on their wedding day.

He used to work at the grocery store, in Abbeygate Street, and first saw Joyce when she came into the shop with her mother.

Peter said: “It was her looks that instantly attracted me. It feels good to get to 60 years but it also doesn’t seem possible.”

He then watched Joyce in a play, called The Captain Came To Tea, in her home village of Lavenham and they married two years later.

The couple, who live in Gloucester Road, Bury, and have two children, Debbie and David, two grand children and three great grand children, are planning a family gathering to celebrate their milestone.



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