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Blue sapphire couple still sparkle

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Lakenheath couple Harold and Jean Hayward celebrate 65th wedding anniversary. ANL-140519-165842009

Mark Westley Photography Lakenheath couple Harold and Jean Hayward celebrate 65th wedding anniversary. ANL-140519-165842009

A couple from Lakenheath who met while stationed at the same RAF base celebrated their 65th blue sapphire wedding yesterday.

A year after that first meeting in 1948 Harold, now 88, who hails from Kendal, and Jean, 84, who is originally from the Woodbridge area, tied the knot in Gosfield in Essex.

Although Jean spent less than four years in the RAF, but during Harold’s 23-year career as a heavy goods vehicle driver, the couple, who have four sons travelled all over the world. After Harold retired from the military the couple moved to Soham, where he worked as forecourt manager at the Crown Garage for nearly 30 years. It was during that time that the pair also helped establish the Soham and District Branch of the Pony Club one of the town’s longest running clubs. “We really enjoyed being part of the Pony Club set-up as it took us around the country,” said Jean. They moved to Lakenheath in 2003 and three years later had a narrow escape after when Harold’s mobility scooter caught fire while on charge in their garage. “A gentleman took a bungalow he had up for sale in Back Street off the market for us to live in while our house was repaired,” said Harold. ”The people of Lakenheath really were fantastic in their support.”

“We have done so many different things I think that is what has brought us closer together over the years and that is our secret to success. We have enjoyed 65 years of a full on life with each other and we are still going,” said Jean.

 

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