Loving couple from Garboldisham celebrate 60 years of marriage

Malcolm and Frances Baker from Garboldisham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Malcolm and Frances Baker from Garboldisham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

In 1956 the first Routemaster bus started public service in London and Que Sera, Sera was released by Doris Day. And on February 25 of that year Malcolm and Frances Baker walked up the aisle in All Saints' Church in Ashwellthorpe, near Wymondham.

Malcolm and Frances Baker from Garboldisham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Malcolm and Frances Baker from Garboldisham celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The couple, who live in Garboldisham, between Diss and Thetford, met in 1953 after being introduced by Mr Baker's cousin.

Mrs Baker, 80, said: 'I was friends with Malcolm's cousin and his mum asked her to bring a friend home, so she brought me over. Malcolm had been out the night before and was a bit worse for wear. I don't think he expected to see anyone when he came down the stairs.'

They were together while Mr Baker took part in National Service, based in Harpur Hill in Lincolnshire and then Barnham, near Thetford.

But there was no fancy proposal for Mrs Baker upon his return.

Mr Baker, 82, said: 'I just said to her, 'I think we should get married'. I suppose it was love at first sight when I first met her.'

The pair, who have three sons, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, lived on Ling Farm for a number of years where Mr Baker worked as a farmer and foreman.

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Mrs Baker, who was a cook at the restaurant at Jarrold in Norwich, said the secret to 60 years of happy marriage is give and take.

She said: 'When you have a difference of opinion, make up before you go to sleep. I still love him as much as when I first married him. We share the work and help each other.'

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