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Colwich couple celebrate Diamond wedding anniversary

IN 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place and the Royal Yacht Britannia took to the seas for the first time…it was also the year that Colwich couple Norman and Brenda Shrehorn were married.

The couple first met in Stafford where Brenda worked at the Lotus shoe factory and Norman worked at Dorman Diesel before going on to join the army.  After Norman left the Army in 1948 they courted for four years and married in 1953.

“From the first moment we met we just clicked right away,” said Brenda, 79.

But the course of their true love also needed a helping hand from a friendly railway porter as during their courtship Brenda lived in Gnosall and Norman often had to run to catch the last train back to Stafford.

“The trains didn’t hang around for long and the station porter Bill Cooper would often stand waiting for me with my tickets so I could just hop on board,” said Norman, 87.

A special celebration to mark the couple’s diamond anniversary was held with fellow Stafford and Rural Homes customers in the communal lounge at Dobree and Wolseley Close Independent Living Scheme, in Colwich, on Wednesday, March 6.

They also attended family party at Milford cricket club given by their son and Daughter Michael and Dawn.

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes presented Brenda and Norman with a special bouquet of flowers on behalf of SARH.

A special cake was also baked for the occasion by Norman and Brenda’s grandson Simon, who printed images of the happy couple on to it.

Brenda and Norman also have two children and eight great grandchildren.

“We’ve lived here for over seven years so it was lovely to mark the occasion with family and friends in the local community,” said Brenda.

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