Norwich couple prepare to celebrate diamond wedding

Norwich couple Tom and Irene Clayton are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Tom and Irene, pictured, met at the local dance hall, then known as The Lido on Aylsham Road, when Tom was on leave from the army doing his national service.

They were married, not far from where they first met, on August 11, 1951 at St Catherine's Church on Aylsham Road when Tom was 22 and Irene was 21.

The reception was held at the Labour Club and they honeymooned in Brighton.

At the time of their marriage Tom had left the army and was working as a furniture van driver and Irene worked at Gough's box factory.

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Tom then joined Panks and trained to become a heating engineer. He worked at various heating companies as a heating engineer until a fall from a loft ended his career prematurely. He then worked at Heatrea until he retired. The couple started off married life in a one-bedroom flat in Clare Close, off Constitution Hill, but after starting a family they moved to Heartsease, where they still live today.

They have two daughters, Linda and Lorraine, two grandchildren, Gayle and Clayton, and two great-grandchildren, Zak and Harley.

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When asked their secret for a long and happy marriage they replied: 'Give and take and doing things together.'

They will be celebrating their big day with their family.

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