A Christmas to remember for couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary
- Credit: Archant
The Christmas period is a special time of the year for friends and family to come together for a celebration.
For a family in Gorleston, this year's festivities take on extra significance as John and Iris Stebbings celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
The pair, who are both 79, met playing badminton at a church youth club in Woodford, London in 1956 and married two years later on December 20.
Mrs Stebbings worked at a bank in London while her husband was an apprentice at a chemical firm in Stratford.
The land later became part of the Olympic Park.
Having became a firefighter, Mr Stebbings helped tackle the UK's worst oil spillage disaster 50 years ago when Torrey Canyon, one of the world's first super tankers, was halted in Cornwall.
The pair had two children, Louise and Mark, and subsequently moved to Belton.
- 1 'God's waiting room' - Norfolk town is country's pensioner hotspot
- 2 'It's just not viable anymore' - Pub near Great Yarmouth closes
- 3 Lloyds to close bank in Norwich suburb
- 4 Police called to 'altercation' between pupils at Norfolk school
- 5 'He could've gone all the way' - Mum's tribute to aspiring boxer, 19
- 6 Norfolk worst area in UK for uninsured and untaxed drivers
- 7 Tyson Fury is making a comeback to Gorleston
- 8 Norfolk holiday cottage business sold to a leading lettings agency
- 9 Green light for park and ride, drive throughs and offices near Norwich
- 10 Two Norfolk spots named among best places in Britain for a weekend break
Here they played an active part in church life and in 1999 were part of a group which teamed up with St. Andrew's parish church to found Cliff Park Community Church .
Mr Stebbings served on the leadership team and continues to run courses and lead communion services.
The pair moved in recent times to live Gorleston.