1952 cake lives again at Downham Market 65th wedding anniversary celebrations

Jack and Daphne Hart at Downham Grange care home
Jack and Daphne Hart at Downham Grange care home

It was a case of bake to the future as Jack and Daphne Hart’s wedding cake was painstakingly re-created for their 65th anniversary.

Jelena Morozova, the chef at Downham Grange, crafted the two-tier cake for the couple’s surprise party at the care home in Clackclose Road, Downham Market, where Mrs Hart, 86, is now a resident.

He used an old black-and-white picture of the cake as his guide.

The celebration, joined by staff as well as family and friends, was a highlight of an open afternoon at the Kingsley Healthcare home.

Mr Hart, 86, who had a successful career in the Royal Navy, rising to become a chief electrical officer, was doing his training on the south coast when he met his wife at a local country dancing group.

She was a drawing office assistant at the time working out of HMS Collingwood, the Royal Navy training school in Fareham, near Portsmouth.

When they married on March 8, 1952, Jack was commissioned straight away for a two-and-a-half year tour.

Mrs Hart lived with her mother in Gosport while he was away. She said this was part of being married to the Navy and she became used to the long spells apart, but concentrated on raising their four children, Linda, Elaine, Derek and Corrine, of which they are both very proud.

When asked about the secret of a having long and happy marriage, she said: “Love and support each other and just enjoy the life you have and don’t worry about anything that might happen.”

Mr Hart still lives at the couple’s home in Shouldham, and the couple have six grandchildren.