Diamond Diss couple celebrate ‘happy’ marriage
A couple who have lived in Diss for more than 50 years are celebrating their diamond wedding.
Doris Potter, originally from Burston and Reg Potter, born in Wortham, met at the bottom of St Nicholas Street in Diss near The White Horse Inn in June, 1952.
They married at Wortham Church on a sunny day, on October 8, 1955.
Describing how they first met, Mr Potter said: “I had only just joined the air force.
“She was with another girl in the street and I was with a mate who was going out with this girl, and that’s how we met.”
The diamond duo have spent the past week in Burgh Castle, near Gorleston, to celebrate, with a family meal also planned.
They admit this year’s anniversary celebration will be more low-key than previous events, having previously gone to Africa for the 25th wedding anniversary in Africa, and their golden wedding for a month in the United States.
Mrs Potter said members of their family had tried to organise a big party for their 60th milestone.
She added: “We have always been very happy.
“We didn’t have children straight away as we wanted time with ourselves.
“I think the reason we married so early — I was 19 —was because we had been apart for a long while (while Mr Potter was serving in the RAF in Malaysia).”
Mrs Potter looked after her dad and brothers, before taking on roles in a clothing factory, picking fruit and vegetables, and carrying out housework at other people’s properties.
Mr Potter, who joined the RAF for three years before spending a further two as a reserve, and had spells as a milkman for the Co-operative and spent 32 years working for Bartrams.
The couple have three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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