Harleston couple celebrate 60 years as man and wife

Harleston, Norfolk. Diamond Wedding Couple Amy and Len Whittle

Harleston, Norfolk. Diamond Wedding Couple Amy and Len Whittle

A couple from Harleston who met in a public house more than 60 years ago have celebrated their diamond wedding.

Len and Amy Whittle, 86 and 81, were married in Syleham church on November 15, 1952 - a cold and frosty but happy day.

The pair, who met while out with their friends at the old Malt and Hops pub in Eye, were both raised locally, Mr Whittle in Debenham and Mrs Wittle in Wingfield.

They spent two years courting before they were married, enjoying trips to the cinema in Harleston and bike rides around the villages.

Mr Whittle worked for 35 years as a civil engineer and Mrs Whittle worked as a housekepper before the birth of their first child. They have two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The couple lived in Syleham for 35 years before moving to Harleston 25 years ago to be closer to the town’s facilities.

They will be celebrating their anniversary on Sunday with their family at Dunston Hall near Norwich - a place they have often driven past but never been to.

When asked what the secret to their long and happy marriage was, they both agreed it was give and take, with Mr Whittle adding: “We’ve had our ups and downs like everyone but we always come round.”




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