Loddon couple mark diamond milestone

Diamond Wedding Couple Derek and Bridget Jermy from Loddon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Diamond Wedding Couple Derek and Bridget Jermy from Loddon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A couple celebrating 60 years of marriage have said their secret to happiness is doing things together.

Diamond Wedding Couple Derek and Bridget Jermy from Loddon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Diamond Wedding Couple Derek and Bridget Jermy from Loddon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Bridget and Derek Jermy, of Harvey Green in Loddon, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary yesterday, and are best known in the village for running the Jubilee Hall for 15 years.

But it all began when Mr and Mrs Jermy met on a bus to Norwich as teenagers.

The couple soon started seeing each other, but their budding romance was interrupted when Mr Jermy, now 81, was called to do his National Service.

But being stationed in this country meant he was able to come home to Thurlton frequently, and the two were married in Loddon church just a few months after he completed his service.

After working for Rowntree Mackintosh for 18 years, Mr Jermy then went into the building trade, as he said he thought he had been 'shut up for a lot of the time and needed some fresh air'.

The couple took over the Jubilee Hall in Loddon in 1985, and ran it together until 2000.

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Mrs Jermy, 79, who worked at Loddon Co-op for 18 years, said: 'I've always lived in Loddon and we had never had a village hall, so when we were asked to take on the Jubilee Hall we went for it.'

The couple were first involved with the hall on a voluntary basis, when it was just a club room, although there was still a lot of work to be done.

When enough money was raised by the community to build the large hall, they took on the roles permanently.

Mrs Jermy said: 'It was a full time job, night and day.

'It was always in use, both the club room and the sports hall, and they used to run a lot of big events, dances and shows were always very popular. They were happy years.

'It's just nice to think that it's still there for the locals to use because a lot of people struggled for years to raise the money for it.'

Now retired, the couple have two children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, who will help them celebrate with a family meal to mark the occasion this weekend.

Mrs Jermy said: 'I think we've led busy lives, but we've always done things together.

'I worked in the Co-op, then helped Derek with the hall and with all the children and grandchildren you don't have time for much else.

'You've got to give and take and help one another where you can.'

Mr Jermy added: 'You've got to work together, and we've always done that.'

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