A couple who have lived in Diss together for six decades will be joined by family and friends when they celebrate three major life milestones before the end of the month.
Gordon and Barbara Debenham, residents of Westbrook Green in Shelfanger Road, both turn 85 this month, on March 19 and March 29, respectively— and between this, they will mark their diamond wedding on March 24,
But Mr Debenham, who spent his working life as a farmer and farming contractor, said the two had actually known each other since they were just a few days old.
“We met before we were christened. We lived a mile apart, went to school together and left together, and went our separate ways for a period of five or six years,” he said.
Mr Debenham explained that when visiting her brother Geoff, he had invited her to ride with him on the back of his motorbike.
She agreed— and more than 60 years later, the pair are still together.
Mrs Debenham, who was employed at a number of local businesses prior to retiring, said they remained involved in the community as part of the Diss Caravan Club, and even after decades living in the area, they had no desire to leave.
“We enjoy the company of the holidaymakers. We have made a lot of good friends with the caravan club,” she said.
The couple, who have two daughters, Julia and Karen, and two granddaughters, Kacey and Keryl, will be accompanied by more than 50 people for a celebration meal in the coming weeks, in honour of these special occasions.
Mr and Mrs Debenham’s daughter Julia said: “Barbara and Gordon have been a haven. Somewhere for children to play safely, somewhere for tricky situations, sickness, peace, quietness, dog walking.
“I firstly thank my nanny and granddad, all of them, and my parents. Yes, I was spoilt but I never take it for granted.”
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