Metfield diamond couple says secret to long marriage is ‘enjoy each other’s company’

Bryan and Brenda Eastaugh of Metfield celebrate their Diamond anniversary on March 16.
Bryan and Brenda Eastaugh of Metfield celebrate their Diamond anniversary on March 16.

A diamond Metfield couple believe enjoying each other’s company is the secret to a long and happy marriage.

On March 16, 1957, Bryan and Brenda Eastaugh tied the knot on a cold and windy day at Walpole Church.

Bryan and Brenda Eastaugh of Metfield celebrate their Diamond anniversary on March 16.

Bryan and Brenda Eastaugh of Metfield celebrate their Diamond anniversary on March 16.

They had first met in Halesworth three years previously.

“I used to go to Halesworth Rifle Hall every Saturday night, it was the main thing for the youngsters years ago,” explained Mr Eastaugh, 84.

“It was Saturday night dancing and all the girls used to go there.”

Mrs Eastaugh added: “This particular night I sat with a row of girls down the side.

“Bryan was over the other side with more of the boys, and he walked across and he asked me to dance.

“We got chatting and it went from there.”

“It could have gone wrong! But it just clicked,” said Mr Eastaugh. Mr and Mrs Eastaugh had a home built in Metfield and have lived there for their entire married life.

So what’s the secret to a long and happy marriage?

“We enjoy each other’s company,” said Mrs Eastaugh. “We have got the same sort of interests, and we do most things together.

“We’ve had our ups and downs but considering it all, we have been very lucky.”

On leaving school Mr Eastaugh, who grew up in Metfield, went to work for Knights of Harleston as a tractor foreman for more than 30 years, before going solo with his own mobile workshop, winding down by the age of 70.

He also spent two years carrying out national service.

Mrs Eastaugh, originally from Bramfield, near Halesworth, moved to Walpole as a 12-year-old, following the death of her mother.

She worked at the Co-op, before taking on house and field work after the arrival of her three sons, and got back into employment at the canteen at Fressingfield Primary School, with further stints in shops around Halesworth.

The couple have three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They were set to celebrate their day with family at a lunch party at The Angel in Halesworth.