Queen congratulates Cromer couple on diamond wedding anniversary

Brenda and Brian Ridd at a celebration to mark their diamond wedding anniversary

Brenda and Brian Ridd at a celebration to mark their diamond wedding anniversary - Credit: Submitted

With her arresting looks, Brenda Ridd quickly stole husband Brian's heart during their first memorable meeting back in 1954.

Now, more than 60 years later, the Cromer couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Former senior detective Brian and retired bank worker Brenda marked the special occasion last week with friends and family.

It was love at first sight for Brian when he initially set eyes on his future wife during a service at a Norwich church.

Based at the former RAF station at Horsham St Faith's, he had moved from London to Norfolk to undertake National Service.

Invited as a goodwill gesture with fellow servicemen by Brenda and her parents to their home for tea or coffee, Brian was delighted when she accepted his invitation to the cinema while saying their goodbyes.

Together ever since, the couple married on Saturday, January 28, 1956 at Mile Cross Methodist Church where they first met.

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Parents to Kevin and Susan they have two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Spending their working lives in London, Brian, 80, served as Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police and headed the national crime prevention unit while Brenda, 81, was employed by the Midland Bank.

Retiring to north Norfolk in 1991, they lived in Holt before moving to Cromer where they have lived for 18 years.

Both have been involved with voluntary work throughout their time in the area and are members of St Andrews Methodist church in Sheringham and strong supporters of the church's summer flower festival and Christmas tree festival.

Their anniversary was celebrated on Thursday with a meal at the Dales Country House Hotel, Upper Sheringham where a congratulatory card from the Queen had pride of place on the dining table.

Reflecting on many happy years spent with her husband Mrs Ridd said: 'The secret of a successful marriage is always doing things as much as possible together and wanting to be in each others' company.'

Do you know someone celebrating a special anniversary? Email reporter Miles Jermy: miles.jermy@archant.co.uk

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