A Thelnetham couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in style earlier this month - with an air display from their grandson. Derek and Muriel Gray, both 80, who have three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, celebrated their anniversary on August 7 at The White Hart in Roydon.
They were joined by more than 40 friends, young and old, who enjoyed a buffet and an air display from 21-year-old grandson, Tom Tyman, in a two-seater Cessna. Mr Gray joked: “My wife said ‘well it’s just like the Queen - she has the Red Arrows and we’ve had our grandson’.” The pair met as ten-year-olds at Joseph Barrett School in Walthamstow, London, and they married at St Stephens Church, also in Walthamstow. Mrs Gray worked at Hartismere Hospital and Riddlesworth Hall as a matron, while Mr Gray was a jeweller and still works as a part-time lorry driver. The secret to long and happy marriage? “I made a speech at the gathering and I said ‘if I knew what the secret was, if I could have bottled it, I would have made myself a lot of money!” said Mr Gray. Mrs Gray added: “I think love is the most important thing, patience and a sense of humour.”