Basingstoke couple who first met in 1952 celebrate their diamond wedding in style (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Basingstoke couple who first met in 1952 celebrate their diamond wedding in style
3:12pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
FRIENDS and family celebrated a couple’s diamond wedding anniversary with a dinner dance.
Fittingly, Ron and Jean Morgan, of Pevril Way, South Ham, Basingstoke, were joined by 60 people at the Hilton hotel, in Old Common Road, Eastrop, for the party.
Among the guests were relatives who had travelled to Basingstoke from Spain, as well as the couple’s seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The disco started with songs by Nat King Cole and Humphrey Lyttleton, which Jean, 79, chose as a surprise for her 80-year-old husband.
She said: “It was a very good night and everybody loved it. A lot of people stayed the night and the next morning they gave us a champagne breakfast.”
The couple met in a pub in 1952 when Ron was on leave from serving in Egypt in what was formerly known as the Royal East Kent Regiment.
They married a year later in a church in Bromley, Kent and in 1964, they moved to Basingstoke, where Ron worked as a driver and where they brought up their two children, Eric and Sherrie Morgan.
The couple featured in The Gazette 10 years ago when they held a party at the Westside Community Centre in South Ham for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Asked what makes a successful marriage, Jean said: “I think it is about respecting one another and tolerance.”
The couple asked guests at the diamond wedding celebration to donate money to the Victoria Cross Trust, rather than give them presents. The trust works with relatives to restore the graves of British war heroes.
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