Eastbourne’s ‘Mr and Mrs Coastguard’ celebrate golden wedding

Garry and Rosemary Russell SUS-160901-155447001
Garry and Rosemary Russell SUS-160901-155447001

An Eastbourne couple who have devoted much of their married life to the town’s coastguard service celebrated a golden anniversary milestone on January 1.

Former Eastbourne coastguard Garry Russell and his wife Rosemary moved to Eastbourne in June 1967 – two years after they married at St Richard’s Church in Heathfield.

Rosemary and Garry Russell celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. SUS-151221-155002001

Rosemary and Garry Russell celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. SUS-151221-155002001

The couple had met through a friend while Garry was in the Royal Navy and married after a two year courtship and before he was drafted out to the conflict in Borneo in 1966.

He took up the position of full time coastguard for Eastbourne in 1967 after 12 years in the Navy and the couple brought up their two children Audrey and David in the Coastguard Cottages in Wartling Road.

Rosemary also worked in Woolworth’s in Hailsham doing window displays.

Garry, now 75 and originally from Horam, retired from the service 21 years ago.

Rosemary, who was brought up in Heathfield and who celebrated her 69th birthday on January 2, said, “We have always worked well together in our marriage and just got on. The coastguard service has been such a big part of our married life and we are lucky to have a big family and friends.” The couple are planning an anniversary party at the Hydro later this month.

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