Two lifelong Eastbourne residents have celebrated 60 happy years of marriage.
Doreen and Douglas Goldsmith were both born and bred in the town.
Doreen, now 83, went to the Swallow’s Nest School and Douglas, 84, went to Bourne School.
Douglas said, “We first met in the late 1940s but I had to go in to the forces to do my National Service and then I was sent abroad to Korea.
“When I returned to Eastbourne, I went in to a shop to buy some cigarettes, because we all smoked in those days, and I saw a girl I recognised from before I went away.
“I asked her if she wanted to go out that night and I met her when she finished work at the shop. It just went from there really.”
The couple wed at Christ Church in Eastbourne on October 29, 1955. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Doreen’s family home.
Before they married, they did up a small flat in Eastbourne and moved there after the wedding.
They had four children –Michael, Carol, Sandra and Kara. They are now grand parents to nine and great-grand parents to another nine.
Douglas was a member of the Working Men’s Club in Eastbourne and captain of the darts team. He enjoyed gardening and Doreen is a keen cook and knitter.
The couple celebrated with a party at their bungalow.
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