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Sparkling Thatcham couple celebrate diamond anniversary

60 years of marriage celebrated with tea party

John Herring

John Herring


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Sparkling Thatcham couple celebrate diamond anniversary

CONGRATULATIONS to this diamond Thatcham couple who celebrated 60 years of marriage last week.

When Anthony and Brenda Turner, aged 81 and 79, tied the knot on October 15, 1955, the Warsaw Pact had been signed, actor James Dean had died in a car crash and the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records had been published. 

The couple met in 1953 and Mr Turner proposed just three days after their first dance in the King George V hut in Woolhampton.

They were married in Beenham Parish Church and honeymooned in Jersey, were they met another couple who had married on the same day. They still keep in touch 60 years later.

Speaking on their anniversary, Mr Turner said: “We’ve had a few ups and downs but the wife’s always right.

“I’m up to 50 kisses today and have 10 more to go.

“We tell one another we love each other more often now than we did when we were younger.”

Sitting next to the couple’s congratulatory card from The Queen is a limited edition Stieff Bear commemorating the birth of Princess Charlotte, which Mr Turner bought for his life-long sweetheart.

Mr Turner worked for British Rail for 34 years and also served as a Beenham parish councillor and as a governor at the village school.

Mrs Turner was a playgroup and school caretaker at Beenham.

They have lived in Thatcham since 1988.

The couple have four children, Mary-Ann, Nicholas, Christine and Denise, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Their daughter, Christine Budge, said her parents had a great love and affection for each other.

On her parents celebrating their diamond anniversary, Mrs Budge said: “It’s amazing. We have had a wonderful childhood growing up.

“They have been amazing parents. They’re very loving and I love them to pieces.”

The couple celebrated with a tea party at Pineapple Palace, off Lower Way, on Saturday.

When the Newbury Weekly News covered the couple’s golden anniversary 10 years ago, Mr Turner said: “We’re happy with one another and happy with one another’s company.

“Over 50 years we have had our moments like everybody else, but we have had more ups than we have had downs.”

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