Watlington couple celebrate diamond wedding by renewing their vows

Mary Bell and James renewing of wedding vows at Watlington church. MLNF13AF03038 ANL-160404-132112001
Mary Bell and James renewing of wedding vows at Watlington church. MLNF13AF03038 ANL-160404-132112001

A Watlington couple who fell in love after two dances celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.

James Bell told a pal “I’m going to marry her” after his second turn around the dance floor with Mary.

Within months of that meeting the couple tied the knot at St Michael’s Church, Newquay, on April 2, 1956.

Sixty years later, they were joined by their three children and grandchildren as they said their vows for a second time at a special service in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Watlington, on Sunday.

Mrs Bell, 83, said: “He was Mr Right and I was Mrs Right.

“It has been just magical. I have had a lovely and very happy married life.

“We have three lovely children, grandchildren and a great grandchild expected any day. Sunday was a lovely day and I felt a million dollars.”

The couple first met at the Ballroom in Newquay while Mr Bell was stationed in Cornwall during his time with the Fleet Air Arm.

Retired electrical engineer Mr Bell, 84, said: “It was love at first sight.”

Shortly after getting married, the couple bought a miner’s cottage in Newcastle where they lived for seven years before moving to Essex.

The couple went on to have three children, Derek, 58, Sandra, 56, and David, 54, who lives in Lynn.

Mr and Mrs Bell, of Beechwood Close, initially retired to Cornwall before moving to Watlington three years ago.

The couple had a meal after the ceremony at the Angel.

Mrs Bell said: “We have always talked things out together. Never go to bed on a row. Jim was always the one.

“I think the secret is growing together and working things out together.”