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Bryan and Eileen Chubbock from Pulham Market celebrate 70 years of marriage

PUBLISHED: 08:49 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:06 28 September 2017

Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

What is the secret of a happy marriage, according to Bryan and Eileen Chubbock?

Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Make time for each other, count your blessings and always “pull together”.

And the couple, from Pulham Market, should know.

Mrs Chubbock, 91, and her 92-year-old husband yesterday (Wednesday, September 27) marked a special milestone - their 70th anniversary.

She still remembers the day they met in 1945 at a darts competition in the south Norfolk village of Thurlton, where they both lived.

Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017 Bryan and Eileen Chubbock celebrate 70 years of marriage. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Mrs Chubbock said: “I was in the final, but then this young man came along, so I didn’t go in the final, I went out with him instead.”

It was not long before Mr Chubbock proposed by the seaside in Great Yarmouth.

Mrs Chubbock recalled: “He said ‘I won’t be buying an engagement ring, I’ll buy a sow instead, because that will start making money, and I’ll buy you a ring later’, which he did.”

They were married at the parish church in Thurlton, followed by a reception in Norwich where partridge was on the menu.

Mr Chubbock, who was drafted for farm service during the Second World War, began renting a mixed farm in Tivetshall and worked it until he was 65, eventually buying the property.

They had four sons; John, Michael, Malcolm and Neville.

John sadly died of motor neurone disease 20 years ago.

“That was the hardest day of my life,” Mrs Chubbock said.

The couple raised £39,000 for the MND Association over the next 10 years.

Earlier this year Mr Chubbock wrote a book about his life and times called Life of Bryan (with a Y) - A rural ramble - the proceeds of which are also going to the charity.

The Chubbocks are lifelong Methodists and have found time to travel the world together.

Mr Chubbock said seeing the Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon and going on safari in Kenya had been among their travelling highlights. They are expecting more than 100 guests at a party in their back garden on Saturday to celebrate the platinum milestone.

Mr Chubbock said: “We’re very fortunate to be able to live on our own and take care of ourselves.

“We know that because we have friends who won’t be able to make it. We work together and we’re a team.”

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