Bungay couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

With ice causing the wedding car to get stuck, heavy snow meaning there was no photographer or organist, and the groom ill before the big day, they might have thought things were conspiring against them.

But 70 years later Alfred and Phyllis Plummer, of Bungay, were as happy as ever as they celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary today.

The couple, both 91, have known each other since primary school and got married on a snowy day at Holy Trinity Church, in Bungay, during wartime.

Phyllis said that although the snow stopped the photographer and organist getting to the wedding, the sun did come out as she walked into the church at midday.

She said: 'That was war and you didn't expect anything to happen. Having no photos of the day has always vexed us, but that was how things were.'


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Their reception was then held at their home in Bungay and all of the guests helped by bringing supplies.

The two had been to school together but began courting on the first night of the second world war.

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During the war Alfred spent time in Blackpool and abroad, and it was during his time in Blackpool that he asked Phyllis to marry him.

After the war Alfred worked as a carpenter and joiner, and is well known for his work around the town including restoring the Buttercross.

He was also vice president of Bungay Horticultural Society and helped to raise money for charity using an electric barrel organ.

Phyllis worked at home and was involved with the Royal British Legion Women's Section for 50 years, and the WI.

Asked the secret to a long marriage, Phyllis said: 'We both worked hard in our younger times and always loved our food, just plain home cooked food.'

The couple marked their special day surrounded by cards and flowers at their home in Garden Close with their daughter Patricia. They also have three grandchildren, Nicolas, James and Jane.

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