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King’s Lynn couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

John (80) and Betty Templeman (78) celebrate their diamond wedding on Thursday 17th July. ANL-140716-092125009

John (80) and Betty Templeman (78) celebrate their diamond wedding on Thursday 17th July. ANL-140716-092125009

A Lynn couple took their family back to the era of jive and rock n roll during a 50s night to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

John and Betty Templeman’s 60 years of marriage was toasted during the party in which their grandchildren wore Teddy Boy suits and net petticoat skirts.

The couple, of Pandora, Fairstead, met in Lynn during 1953 when Mr Templeman was based at RAF Marham completing his national service.

Mr Templeman popped the big question while his future wife was babysitting for friends in December 1953.

They tied the knot in St Nicholas Chapel, Lynn, on July 7, 1954, which was followed by a few days honeymoon in Bournemouth. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Mr Templeman’s native Hampshire.

Mr and Mrs Templeman returned to Lynn in 1958 before moving to Clenchwarton. The couple have three children Jane, of Dersingham, and twin boys Ivan and John, who live in Lynn. Mr and Mrs Templeman ran The Victoria pub in John Kennedy Road between 1973 and 1983.

Mrs Templeman said: “It was hard work running a pub but we really enjoyed it. We made a lot of friends.”

After leaving the pub Mr Templeman returned to lorry driving while his wife worked at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a domestic assistant.

Mrs Templeman said the secret of her long marriage was: “Lots of rows and making up. It was a struggle with not a lot of money coming in but you work together and get through it. That’s life.” mlnf14am07146

 
 
 

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