Derek and Betty Cooper celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary – blue sapphire – on June 25.
The couple were married at St Mary’s Church in Old Town, the church were Derek had been christened and been a choir boy.
The wedding was celebrated at a reception at the Crown Inn where, in post war Britain, the wedding feast of a sandwich buffet was washed down with a rationed quarter pound of tea which had to suffice around 90 guests.
Derek was demobbed from serving as a military policeman in 1948 and then worked as a labourer, at Boots, making dental instruments and then with Haylands Funeral Directors (later to become Haines) where Derek worked until he retired in 1995, more than 40 years later.
Betty was kept very busy at home with five children – four sons Andrew, Peter, Allan and Martin and a daughter, Teresa – but when the family was older she worked part-time with her brother Leslie Evenden, who ran a cleaning business before he set up Jeves, the furniture shop in Old Town.
Betty worked there for many years.
As their family has grown they’ve always remained the central focus and the whole family, including their nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren, are very proud of them and wish them a wonderful 65th wedding anniversary.