A hop, skip and jump into each other’s arms...

Derrick and Audrey Putland
Derrick and Audrey Putland

AN OLD Town couple who met at a school sports day have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Derrick and Audrey Putland, of Longland Road, married in Eastbourne in August 1951 after meeting at Eastbourne Technical School which used to be in Carew Road.

Audrey had visited the school from the High School, now known as Cavendish, to compete at a sports day.

Derrick said, “We just clicked and it went from there.”

Derrick, 81, went on to work in the construction industry and specialised in plumbing for much of his career.

Audrey, 80, worked for the building licensing department, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the dental board before becoming a receptionist at the Bolton Road doctor’s surgery.

The couple married at Christ Church, where Audrey had worked as a Sunday school teacher.

They had a son called Ross, who is also happily married, and has made Audrey and Derrick grandparents with his two children Matthew and Lindsay.

When asked the secret to a happy marriage, Derrick said, “It is perserveance and give and take.

“And anyone who says they have never had an argument must be boring.”

The couple celebrated their milestone anniversary at the Smuggler’s Wheel, near Herstmonceux, with their friends and family.