Briston couple celebrate 70th anniversary

Rita and Ron Woodhouse are celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Rita and Ron Woodhouse are celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ron and Rita Woodhouse met in 1945, when she was working on her brother-in-law's farm at East Harling, between Thetford and Attleborough.

The couple on their wedding day.

The couple on their wedding day.

They started going out together and were married the day after Rita's 21st birthday, on April 6, 1946.

Twins Neville and Diane came along in August 1947 and the couple moved to Hedenham, near Bungay, where Ron worked as a cowman for Earl Ferris.

While Ron was milking, Rita was busy with the twins, lots of cooking and gardening which she still loves to this day. When Ron was made redundant, they bought a 32-acre small holding at Langley, near Loddon.

By the time they sold up and moved to Briston, in 1970, Ron had built up a pedigree herd.

'My aunt gave me a cottage as long as I kept an eye on her,' he said. 'That's how we came to be here. I started relief milking on different farms, I used to go all over north Norfolk.'

He carried on until his early eighties five years ago. Rita went to work at Melton Constable school, helping out in the kitchens, after retiring from that, she went to Holt once a week to help cooking for the British Legion until her early eighties.

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For the last few years they have been taking it easy looking after each other.

Asked the secret of such a long marriage, Rita said: 'A little bit of give and take.' Ron added: 'She's top-notch at cooking.'

The couple, now aged 92 and 91, celebrated their anniversary with a meal with family at the Marsham Arms, at Hevingham.

They have six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

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