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Sprowston couple and dancing enthusiasts celebrate 60 years of marriage

PUBLISHED: 14:48 26 July 2017

Bill and Anthea Barber (front) from Sprowston who have been married for 60 years on July 27, 2017. Picture: PAUL DUNNING

Bill and Anthea Barber (front) from Sprowston who have been married for 60 years on July 27, 2017. Picture: PAUL DUNNING

PAUL DUNNING

A pair of dancing enthusiasts are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Bill and Anthea barber on their wedding day at St Thomas' Church, Earlham Road, Norwich, on July 27, 1957. Picture: SENT IN BY PAUL BUNNING Bill and Anthea barber on their wedding day at St Thomas' Church, Earlham Road, Norwich, on July 27, 1957. Picture: SENT IN BY PAUL BUNNING

Bill and Anthea Barber, 86 and 83 respectively, from Sprowston, who married on July 27, 1957, marked the milestone at the Old Rectory Hotel in Crostwick with 40 family members.

The couple grew up in Norwich and met at the Lido dance hall on Aylsham Road.

During their engagement they enjoyed going on cycling trips from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

Cycling and ballroom dancing continued to be a passion of the couple after they married at St Thomas’ Church on Earlham Road.

Mr Barber, who grew up in Earlham, moved to Sprowston with his new wife and worked for 50 years at the former Bally shoe factory on Hall Road Norwich.

The couple have four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs Barber’s brother Mark Tyrrell, who was best man at his sister’s wedding, gave a speech to the “inspirational couple” at the diamond anniversary meal.

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