Great Yarmouth couple celebrate a Hogmanay happy anniversary

Jean and Russell Fearns diamond wedding

Jean and Russell Fearns diamond wedding - Credit: Archant

Sweethearts at school and still married 60 years later, Jean and Russell Fearns celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on New Year's Day.

The Great Yarmouth couple were involved in tourism in the 1960s to 1980s, running a successful hotel together.

Mrs Fearns is from the Beare farming family of Browston, who still sell their produce on the Yarmouth market, while her husband hailed from a Scottish family who settled in Yarmouth having followed the herring industry down the east coast.

They decided to marry on January 1 as it coincided with the Scottish bank holiday and Hogmanay and after a wedding breakfast at the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston, they honeymooned in the small Scottish fishing village of Hopeman, where Mr Fearns' family came from.

Mr Fearns was in the RAF, completing his National Service while his new wife worked as a telephonist at Yarmouth silk mill.

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For many years they ran their large Victorian terrace house in Yarmouth as a holiday hotel, and Mr Fearns had a jazz band playing around the borough. He now works as the dental technician in Greyfriars Road, below Plummers dentists.

The couple, who have two daughters, Melodie and Heidi, a grand-daughter Jazmine and four step great grandchildren, Rhys, Lee, Ellie and Lillie, celebrated their anniversary with their much-loved family.

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