AN EASTBOURNE couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary by having their own books published.
Bill Brock had hiscollection of essays about the history of chemistry entitled The Case of the Poisonous Socks published and his wife Elvina has seen her book Whimberries on the Coity – Garn-yr-erw In The 1940s, about her wartime childhood in a coal mining village, go into print.
The couple, who live in Letheren Place, published their books within a week of each other, which coincided with their anniversary.
Both Bill and Elvina were born in Brighton and first met as teenagers in the early 1950s when they both acted with a Hove drama group.
They married in September 1960 in Hove – the year after Bill graduated in chemistry from University College, London – and then moved to Leicester.
Bill worked as a lecturer and subsequently professor of History of Science at the university and Elvina taught English and Drama at Leicester High School.
They have two sons and a daughter and four grandchildren and after retiring in 1998 they settled in Eastbourne because they love the sea.
Elvina now runs a University of the Third Age (U3A) class on writing life stories and attends several other U3A classes.
Bill sings tenor with the Seaford Choral Society and remains active in history of science research.
While Bill’s book is about tales of chemistry, Elvina decided to write her book about her childhood in her grandparents’ cottage in a coal mining village in south Wales during the war, after she discovered more than 400 letters her father had written to her mother while he was on active service in the Middle East.