Rickinghall diamond wedding couple say ‘give and take’ is key to marriage

Doreen and John Seagar celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in Rickinghall

Doreen and John Seagar celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in Rickinghall

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A Rickinghall couple who will celebrate their diamond wedding on Thursday say it is a case of “give and take” for a successful relationship.

Doreen and John Seager, who moved to the north Suffolk village from East Harling nearly six years ago, married at North Lopham Church on a hot spring day on April 30, 1955.

While the couple say nothing is officially planned to celebrate the milestone on the day, a trip to their regular holiday destination of Seacroft, in Hemsby, is booked for next month.

Both admittedly “Norfolk born and bred”, the pair met as teenagers in The King’s Head in North Lopham.

“She was a North Lopham girl and I was a South Lopham boy,” said Mr Seager, 79, who served in the forces with the Royal Norfolk Regiment after leaving school.

He went on to work at the Aves family farm in Hinderclay for 30 years, and then for John Davie-Thornhill before his retirement.

Mrs Seager worked at Blooms in Bressingham before becoming a full-time housewife after getting married.

Mrs Seager said: “For people to say they never have an argument is ridiculous.

“You read and hear on television ‘I’ve been married 60 years and never had a cross word’, well I couldn’t get through life without it!”

They have three daughters, late son Paul, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.