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Tea party celebrates South Lynn couple’s diamond day

Bill Davey and Janet Davey celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

Bill Davey and Janet Davey celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

Friends and family tucked into sandwiches, fairy cakes and biscuits at an old-fashioned tea party to celebrate a diamond couple’s special day.

Sixty guests helped Bill, 83, and Janet, 80, Davey mark their 60th wedding anniversary with the event at Gaywood’s Reffley Community Centre.

The couple, of Proctors Close, South Lynn, also asked for donations instead of presents to celebrate the occasion – and raised a fantastic £250 for the Meningitis Trust.

Mrs Davey said: “We had an old-fashioned tea party and it was really, really lovely.”

A stunning catering spread was provided by Sally Parker, their eldest son’s partner, and son-in-law Trevor Pears made vintage-style cake stands to provide the finishing touch.

The couple met at RAF Marham, while a teenage Janet worked as a nanny for a wing commander and Bill in the group captain’s house.

“Bill would often hang around outside waiting for me to walk past and chat me up,” said Janet fondly. “It went from there really.”

They married at the Catholic Church on Lynn’s London Road on November 28, 1953, and went on to have three children, Jane Pears, and John and Colin Davey, who all live locally.

Janet, who was born in Lynn, worked various jobs while bringing up the children, including strawberry picking and as a shop assistant Tesco.

Norwich-born Bill worked as the warehouse manager for Tesco for a while, and as a driver for the Ford Motor Company.

The couple, who also have five grandchildren, are currently looking forward to a big family Christmas at their daughters home in the Woottons.

Janet said: “We have a lovely family, we’re very, very lucky.”

 

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