Couple’s love stays strong after 60 years

Beryl and Dougie Websdale celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at their home at Carlton Colvil

Beryl and Dougie Websdale celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at their home at Carlton Colville. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It began with a Valentine's card more than 60 years ago but the love remains as strong as ever.

Lowestoft couple Douglas and Beryl Websdale celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on October 6 surrounded by friends and family.

The couple met while working at a Co-Op convenience store in Sussex Road, Lowestoft in 1955.

Mrs Websdale, 80, said: 'I was 18 when I met Dougie while we were working at the Co-Op and he sent me a Valentine's card- he was very good looking and when I first saw him I thought 'he's alright!''.

The couple enjoyed their first date at the Royal Hotel in Lowestoft and never looked back, as they shortly married in 1956 at St Margaret's Church on what they remember as a 'very windy day'.

'I don't think it was a bad idea of mine to ask Beryl out as here we are today celebrating many years of marriage,' added Mr Websdale, 82.

Iris Chapman, sister to Mr Websdale and bridesmaid at the couple's wedding, explained: 'They are a very devoted and special couple, who do anything for anybody.'

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Following their marriage the couple had two children, Kevin and Mark, and continued to live in the Lowestoft area, with Mr Websdale working for Birdseye for nearly 35 years until his retirement.

Mrs Websdale said: 'Nowadays we enjoy going on coach trips and Dougie loves doing a bit of gardening.

'It is quite an achievement to reach such a landmark. We never expected to live this long let alone be married this long as well- we just take it day by day.'

The diamond couple celebrated their landmark anniversary with friends and family at the Ivy House Country Hotel, where they enjoyed a get together and meal.

Mr Websdale said: 'We are not millionaires but we are very happy and our family and friends are lovely and a great support to us both.'

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