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Diamond joy for the King’s Lynn couple who were told it would never last

Left to Right: Alice Senter (used to work for my parents at the pub); Glenda Isles (bridesmaid); Pat Marshall (matron of honour); Laurie Marshall (best man); Susie Hastings (John's aunt); Evelyn Gittens (John's dad at back); Ann Senter (Alice's daughter); May Fish (John's aunt); Stanley Adcock (Elaine's Dad); Emma Gittens (John's mum). Last but not least - John & Elaine about to depart for our Honeymoon in London, 7th April 1954.

Left to Right: Alice Senter (used to work for my parents at the pub); Glenda Isles (bridesmaid); Pat Marshall (matron of honour); Laurie Marshall (best man); Susie Hastings (John's aunt); Evelyn Gittens (John's dad at back); Ann Senter (Alice's daughter); May Fish (John's aunt); Stanley Adcock (Elaine's Dad); Emma Gittens (John's mum). Last but not least - John & Elaine about to depart for our Honeymoon in London, 7th April 1954.

Nine days after her 18th birthday Elaine Adcock married John Gittens at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood, on April 7, 1954, a few days after he was demobbed.

Both Lynn born, they met almost three years before when Elaine was 15 and John 17 and after a lengthy courtship they got engaged.

Virtually everyone at their wedding apparently thought it would not last and were happy to say so.

They were told “they are too young” a theory repeated even as the early years passed.

John started his career as a trainee photographer at the Lynn News & Advertiser at 16 after leaving school.

Elaine worked at the Post Office as a telephonist after leaving the High School.

After two years in the RAF on National Service John returned to East Midlands Allied Press (Emap), owner of the Lynn News and various other newspapers.

He worked at the Wisbech Advertiser for a while then returned to the Lynn News.

In 1956 John left the newspaper to start his own photographic business in Lynn, opening a shop in Norfolk Street in 1957, which he and Elaine operated until shortly before emigrating to California in 1962 “for a much more clement climate”.

This they found in Ventura where they have lived and worked since. They started their own photography business there which they operated until 2000. They still love photography and love to go off in their motor-home and take scenic pictures of the Western United States.

Yesterday marked their 60th anniversary. Their twin daughters Victoria and Lesley live in Ventura and younger sister Christine moved to Eugene, Oregon with her family.

They would like to hear from anyone they knew and can be contacted at 3662 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003; John-Elaine@dslextreme.com; (805) 642-1212.

 

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