An Eye couple, Shirley and Ken Baldwin, will be celebrating their diamond wedding this weekend with a family gathering.
They grew up together in Enfield with both sets of parents being great friends. Their close relationship culminated in their marriage at St Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield, on February 7, 1956, when Shirley was 20 and Ken 21.
Much of their working life was spent as publicans, either running their own premises or helping to relieve friends and family.
They were also employed as caretaker and housekeeper for an insurance company in Enfield for 15 years.
They have two daughters, Julie and Debbie, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
After retirement, the couple decided to move to East Anglia as they had a daughter living in Wymondham and a brother in Bury St Edmunds.
They eventually arrived in Eye 21 years ago. Although they had never heard of the place, they ‘liked the feel of the town’, with plenty of shops and other amenities, and quickly found a cottage to let in Church Street.
Since then, they have lived in various properties in Eye and are now happily settled in Wellington Road.
Shirley and Ken attribute their long married life to ‘give and take’.