Diamond day for Wymondham couple who met at school

June and Gerald Button from Wymondham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.Wymondham StationE

June and Gerald Button from Wymondham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.Wymondham StationEthan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

June Button might have left her future husband to get the bus home while she went dancing with her friends, but it did not stop the pair from getting married on September 4, 1954.

June and Gerald Button from Wymondham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.Wymondham StationE

June and Gerald Button from Wymondham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.Wymondham StationEthan and Reuben Harvey and Owen Curtis. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Now aged 80, the couple are celebrating their diamond wedding, with some surprises from their family.

They met in the last year of school at Wymondham Secondary Modern, when Mr Button was living in Spooner Row and his future wife in Mulbarton.

He used to cycle to see her at the weekend and then get the bus home, with Mrs Button getting on a different bus to head to a village dance.

'I got the bus to go dancing with my friends,' she said.


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'He wouldn't dance, so I went without him.'

They got married at the church in Mulbarton on the only wet day of the week.

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Mrs Button said she remembers the vicar being late and having to go around the block again in the wedding car before he arrived.

'The reception was in Mulbarton Village Hall, which has been pulled down now,' said Mrs Button.

'After the wedding we went to London overnight, then to the Isle of Wight for a week and then on to Clacton for a second week.'

A year later, Mr Button had to complete his national service and went into the RAF.

His wife moved back home with her parents and after her husband had returned, the pair moved to Wymondham.

The couple have two children - Virginia and Stuart, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Having started out working for a local building firm, Mr Button then became an assistant cook at Wymondham College and worked at Lotus for more than 14 years before being laid off.

'I then got a nice job with British Rail and finished up working for Anglia Railways before I retired,' he said.

'I started as a rail man and finished as a customer care supervisor. I got on well at Norwich Railway Station.'

Mrs Button used to cycle to work at the Milk Marketing Board at Harford Bridge before going on to train as a telephonist for the GPO.

She then stayed at home to look after her two children, getting a part-time sewing job when they were older.

The couple have already been on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate their diamond wedding and are having a large family lunch at Park Farm in Hethersett on Sunday.

They put the success of their marriage down to 'give and take' and say they don't believe couples who claim to never argue.

'Life isn't life if you don't have an argument,' said Mrs Button.

Are you celebrating a diamond or platinum wedding? Call reporter Catherine Morris-Gretton on 01603 772439 or email catherine.morris-gretton@archant.co.uk

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