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Diss community stalwarts celebrate 60th anniversary

Diss, Norfolk. Diamond wedding anniversary of Ben and Rene Sasada. ANL-140816-214643009

Diss, Norfolk. Diamond wedding anniversary of Ben and Rene Sasada. ANL-140816-214643009

A well-known couple in Diss say the secret to their successful marriage is to ‘give and take’, after celebrating their diamond anniversary.

Reverend Ben Sasada and his wife Rene commemorated 60 years since their wedding at a tea party with family members and friends on Saturday, before a lunch at the Park Hotel yesterday, the official anniversary day.

The couple, who have lived at their home on Walcot Greeb since 1959, said they had so many happy memories as active community members.

Ben, who was a teacher at Diss High School for 37 years and a priest for 32 years, said: “60 years is a long time, but it’s gone by very quickly.

“All in all, it’s been a very busy and full life.

“We have known a lot of people and made a lot of friends in that time.”

Ben has also chaired several local societies, including Diss Rotary Club and Diss Museum, and even once met Princess Diana during his community activities.

Rene, a long-serving district nurse at both Hartismere Hospital in Eye and Diss Health Centre before retirement, said: “It (marriage) is about give and take. You have to learn to find a happy medium. Don’t expect too much of each other.”

She added: “We would not live anywhere else.

“The stability, the peace, the tranquillity... we used to recognise nearly everyone walking down Mere Street.”

The couple, who have had four children and eight grandchildren, were also known for running dozens of evening classes in Diss and surrounding villages.

 

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