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Saturday, December 21, 2013
When John and Sheila Crook tied the knot 60 years ago, they had around 20 guests for their wedding at Saxlingham Nethergate church.
Their diamond wedding anniversary party has been viewed by more than 250,000 people after a video was posted of their celebrations on YouTube.
The couple, who celebrated their 60th wedding on Thursday, have received congratulations from people across the world after the video of their party at Costessey Golf Club was put online by their famous granddaughter.
Norfolk make-up artist Tanya Burr, who has more than 800,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and more than 400,000 Twitter followers, posted a video of her grandparents wedding anniversary, which has so far been viewed 262,076 times.
Mr and Mrs Crook, of Newton Flotman, near Norwich, said they could not believe the footage from their party had gone global and they were grateful to all the people that sent them congratulations.
The couple first met when Mr Crook’s family moved to Saxlingham Thorpe when he was 13. They started dating when John was 18 and Sheila was 16 and attended the pictures at Saxlingham Village Hall and went to the dances at Hempnall Village Hall.
Two years later, they were married and have spent all their married life living in Newton Flotman or Saxlingham Thorpe.
They have three daughters, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Mr Crook, 80, who spent 49 years working as a buying executive for Duffields, said they felt very lucky to have reached 60 years of marriage. Their party last Saturday was attended by around family members and friends.
And the secret to a long marriage?
“We share life and we have been very family orientated. You have to give and take and you have to enjoy life and have fun and a laugh. We have always had young children around with our children, the grandchildren and the great grandchildren around and they have kept us busy,” said Mr Crook.
The video of their party can be viewed here and the footage of the party is about seven minutes in.