Diamond couple’s message from The Queen

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A Hailsham couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary – and received a card of congratulation from The Queen.

Margaret – always known as Peggy – and Hugh Verrall, 86 and 85 years old respectively, were married in 1955 at St Peter and St Paul Church in Hellingly.

But their love affair had begun a decade before that when they were in their teens. Hugh used to wait for Peggy on the wall outside her violin teacher’s house to walk her home.

They went on to have three children, Susan Walton, Peter Verrall and Paula Dulanty, and two grandchildren, Luke and Kane Verrall.

They chose to spend the evening of their special day with family and friends at the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe where Pestalozzi’s Zambian and Zimbabwean students were holding a lively public event celebrating their culture and traditions.

Their daughter Susan is the CEO of the Pestalozzi charity and her parents both enjoy the company of the diverse student community.

Peggy and Hugh (also known as Ginger) are pictured at the venue with members of the family, daughter Susan, niece Lorna Deeprose and her partner Dave Barnett, great-great nieces Bethany and Chloe and daughter-in-law Nicki Verrall.