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Saturday, February 16, 2013
With inches of snow on the ground, it was a white wedding in every sense when Cromer diamond wedding couple David and Peggy Garrod walked down the aisle on Valentine’s Day in 1953.
“It certainly wasn’t warm,” Peggy remembered. “The churchyard was covered; when I went to get in the car, I had to pick my dress up to keep it dry and the bridesmaids were perished.”
West Runton-born Peggy left school at 14 to work as a secretary at a local building firm.
She met David, a farm worker, at a dance at Cromer aged 16 and, after they married at Cromer Parish Church, the couple moved to Connaught Road, where they have lived ever since.
While David worked his way up to head of maintenance at convalescent homes at Cromer and Sheringham, Peggy took a job working as secretary to the assistant county medical officer at the local health office in St Mary’s Road.
A four year stint as secretary to Felbrigg Hall’s last squire, Robert Ketton-Cremer, followed, with Peggy typing up manuscripts for the writer and historian.
In retirement they shared a love of walking and dancing until David, now 85, underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1991, and suffered a stroke 18 months later. Peggy, 81, is now his carer.
They celebrated their 60th anniversary with family and friends, including son Andrew, daughter-in-law Diane and grand-daughter Megan, 9.