HAILSHAM: Couple’s Diamond memories

Fred and Ivy
Fred and Ivy

HAILSHAM couple Fred and Ivy Fowler celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last week with a party attended by close family and friends.

The couple, who live in St Andrew’s Close, met 69 years ago when they both worked at Phillips in Shaftesbury Avenue.

“I had been working in Phillips as a post boy but was conscripted on D-Day and sent out to India,” said Fred, 84.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about Ivy, the MD’s secretary, so wrote to Phillips and asked if she would write to me. The rest, as they say is history!”

The couple married on March 17 1951 in Mill Hill.

“My local church didn’t allow music or flowers during weddings,” said Ivy, 85. “But it was my big day so I wanted all the trimmings.

“We ended up in a lovely church in Mill Hill, but it meant Fred and his best man, John, had to commute all the way from Mitcham.

“They didn’t realise the tube didn’t run to Mill Hill on a Saturday so I had to drive around the block a few times. I wasn’t impressed!”

The couple said the secret to their long marriage has been taking the good with the bad.

“Like everyone we’ve had rough times, but we’ve also had a lot of laughs along the way,” said Fred.

Among the friends and family helping them celebrate their diamond anniversary last week were their page boy and bridesmaid, as well as their daughter Viv and their late daughter Janice’s children Jennie and Chris.

The couple are now eagerly waiting their congratulatory card from the Queen in recognition of their 60 years together.