Funny what can happen when you stop off at a shop to buy a sack of potatoes. You might just meet someone you last saw more than 50 years ago, when you were head boy and girl at school.
That’s exactly what happened when David Chapman popped in to Brenda Hunt’s fruit and vegetable shop at Fen Lodge in Thorndon.
Mr Chapman was on his way back after visiting the village from his home in Tring, Hertfordshire, for his sister’s 80th birthday when he stopped to shop. As Mrs Hunt loaded the sack into his car, he asked what her maiden name had been. And when she said “Kent”, he exclaimed: “You are Brenda - we were head boy and head girl together.” And indeed they were, at what was then called Stradbroke Secondary Modern School.
While they were reminiscing, he said he still had a Diss Express cutting from the Accent On Youth section with a picture of them standing shoulder to shoulder. Mrs Hunt explained: “David was not really of diminutive stature - I was standing on a box, being much shorter than him.”
n There will be another half-century to celebrate when Mrs Hunt and her husband Robert reach their golden wedding anniversary next year - and she still has the dress crocheted by her mother.