A familiar face to Diss Express readers of past and present is set to celebrate a ‘diamond’ milestone with more than 100 friends and family on Sunday.
Janet and Alf Chambers, of Eye, married on June 28, 1955 at SS Peter and Paul’s Church in the town, and will celebrate their 60th anniversary at Eye Bowls Club, before embarking on a cruise around Britain in July.
Both Eye residents, they grew up together and attended different schools, and engaged on Christmas Day, 1954 — her 21st birthday.
She worked for the Diss Express as a reporter for six years from 1949, and has been correspondent for her home town ever since. She will also be remembered for being ‘Aunt Jane’, running the Children’s Corner in the newspaper.
“I regard marriage as a two-way traffic,” she said. “The both of you can’t go on the same line all of the time.
“We give and take, and have a wonderful family who support us, and we all support each other.”
Mr Chambers added: “It has been a wonderful marriage and life really. We have done what we wanted to do.”
Mr Chambers was first employed as an agricultural worker, before working a spell helping to construct the nuclear power station at Sizewell, and subsequently became a lorry driver. Although he is turning 83 in July, he still cuts grass and carries out other gardening work for friends, as well as tending to his own land.
A keen sportsman, in particular bowls, he became a competent and well-known personality in Suffolk and beyond. Both are actively involved with the social life of Eye Bowls Club, organising whist drives and helping with other fundraising events.
Mrs Chambers is heavily involved in the community. She is currently the president of the Eye WI and the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion in the town, sings in the church choir and Waveney Choir, is secretary and producers for the Eye Country Market, a trustee of Eye Volunteer Centre and a committee member of the local branch of Save the Children.
The couple have three children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.