Norfolk couple show you’re never too old after getting engaged at 70
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Life begins at 40 - or so the saying goes. But here on the east coast, Brian Cutting and June Jones have proved that you are never too old for a new start.
The couple have become engaged at the age of 70 and recently returned from an inspirational trip to Cambodia where they volunteered to help people living in poverty.
They travelled half way around the world with volunteering charity Mission Direct and spent two weeks building a classroom and playground at a local school – a far cry from the celebrating an engagement with a glitzy party or a few glasses of fizz.
Brian, of Fritton, met June, of Smallburgh, when he visited Smallburgh Church one cold November day.
He had recently returned from his first Mission Direct volunteer trip to Moldova and had been invited to the church to give a talk and collect donations.
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'The vicar said to the treasurer, one June Jones, 'There's the man you give the money to, go and look after him',' said Brian.
'It sounds like a joke. A year later we were in Kenya together helping build a refuge for young Maasai girls escaping from forced marriages and FGM (female genital mutilation).
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'I asked June to marry me on December 20 last year - the day before the alleged end of the world.
'It didn't happen so the wedding is in Dilham Church on September 21.'
'We are both 70 and thankful to be starting such a great new life together,' said June.
'We are also thankful for all the support we receive from our families and friends. Next year we hope to go to Malawi to help build a school for an isolated hill tribe.'
Between them Brian and June have six adult children and 10 grandchildren aged from two to 18.
They chose to visit Cambodia after hearing how the country has struggled to recover from the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s when three million people died. They stayed on the outskirts of Phnom Pehn where Christian residents have established schools.
'We wanted to help in a very small way to make a little difference to rebuild communities and lift families out of poverty,' said Brian.
'We were there for two weeks and out main task was to help build a classroom and a playground. We also visited other projects helping young people escape from the streets and train for employment.
'We went to other schools and a church where we told stories and played games. We also ate in restaurants where young girls rescued from prostitution were learning to be chefs and waitresses.
'We visited the temple of Angkor Wat which was amazing and The Killing Fields which was the saddest place we have ever been to.'
For more information on Mission Direct and to sponsor Brian and June's future trips, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrianCutting, call Brian on 01508 799600 or June on 01692 535786.