Norwich couple with three reasons to celebrate

Gerald and Freda Bealey renewing their wedding vows after 10 years with the Rev Mark Elvin at Leyham

Gerald and Freda Bealey renewing their wedding vows after 10 years with the Rev Mark Elvin at Leyham Court. Photo: Bill Smith

A 90th birthday, a 10th wedding anniversary or a vow renewal would be cause for celebration on its own.

But a couple from Norwich marked all three milestones on Wednesday – with a bit of Elvis thrown into the mix.

Gerald, 84, and Freda Bealey celebrated their big day at their home in Leyham Court, on Rawley Road, surrounded by 40 friends and family and the Rev Mark Elvin, who serenaded the couple with Elvis hit Always on My Mind.

Mrs Bealey, who turned 90 on the day, said she had organised the renewal as a present to her husband.

'He will never take any presents or gifts for his birthday, he doesn't want me to get him anything, so I thought this was a good way to show him that I still love him and want to be with him,' she said.


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After meeting in 2001 at Bately Court home, on Earlham Road, Mrs Bealey soon asked her future husband out on a date.

'I asked him if he wanted to go for dinner with me at the Black Horse pub and he said yes. Then we started dating,' she said.

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Three years later they married at the Norwich register office, celebrating with a party at Leyham Court, Bowthorpe afterwards.

On Wednesday, after the vows renewal, the couple enjoyed a meal and a party.

Mrs Bealey, who was born in Leicester, said: 'It was lovely. I was so excited by it all. We had a lovely day. I really want to thank Margaret, Pauline and Janet for their help.'

The party was made even more special by the arrival of Mrs Bealey's twin sister Jean.

'She came down from Leicester for the day. It was really nice to see her,' she added.

Do you know of someone celebrating a special occasion? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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