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Golden couple recreate Broads honeymoon

PUBLISHED: 15:31 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 29 September 2017

Christopher Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

Christopher Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

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A couple are set to mark their golden wedding anniversary by recreating their honeymoon on the Broads nearly 50 years on.

Gillian and Christopher Pammenter on their wedding day. Picture: Courtesy Gillian and Christopher Pammenter Gillian and Christopher Pammenter on their wedding day. Picture: Courtesy Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

Gillian and Christopher Pammenter from Peterborough will set off from Wroxham on Saturday 50 years after they departed from Oulton Broad.

The couple wed in 1968, aged 19 and 21 after meeting at school, and headed off on their honeymoon to The Broads - their very first holiday together.

They are returning to relive their happy memories and have once again booked their break through Hoseasons, the Lowestoft-based holiday firm they used to book their honeymoon through.

Back then the couple said their holiday cost just £35 for a week.

Gillian Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter Gillian Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

“It’s safe to say we’ve splashed out a little more than that for this special occasion,” they said.

Their honeymoon wasn’t all plain sailing though.

Mrs Pammenter said: “Chris and I often have a giggle when we think back about our honeymoon. We had to be rescued the first afternoon, as we hadn’t realized the river was tidal, we had moored up on what looked at nice grass bank only to find the water had gone down a few hours later and we were stuck in the mud.

“A couple of marine engineers out for a fishing weekend cruised by and tried to help pull the boat but it wouldn’t shift, so they insisted we went on board their boat and took us to a mooring next to a pub.

A holiday diary kept by Gillian and Christopher Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter A holiday diary kept by Gillian and Christopher Pammenter while on honeymoon in 1968. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

“We played darts with them until later that evening when they took us back in the dark to find our boat floating OK. They then drove our boat back to the pub mooring.”

Mr and Mrs Pammenter said they were looking forward to getting back on the water to celebrate.

“We’ve been back to Norfolk in previous years but haven’t taken a boating holiday since our honeymoon and are looking forward to exploring around Wroxham.”

Darren Newman, brand manager at Hoseasons, is planning on presenting the couple with a bottle of champagne and flowers on their check in.

Gillian and Christopher Pammenter. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter Gillian and Christopher Pammenter. Picture: Gillian and Christopher Pammenter

He said: “We want to congratulate Gillian and Chris on their wedding anniversary and hope they have an extra special holiday this time around. It just goes to show that many happy memories have been made on Hoseasons holidays over the years and we love to hear about all the special times people have had.”

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