Golden couple look back over 50 happy years
A COUPLE celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the weekend as they looked back over 50 happy years of marriage.
Bill, 77, whose family home was at Brynards Hill, Wootton Bassett, attended the former High School in Bath Road, and worked in the motor trade with the late Rod Boulter, as well as performing National Service with REME in Malaya and Singapore.
“I was with the Cheshire Regiment and served overseas for 17 months between 1956 and 1958,” he said.
“The chap who introduced me to Jill was in the RAF with me in Singapore, and became my brother-in-law when he married her sister.”
Jill and her sister lost their father at an early age.
“He was on his way back from Malta, and the ship was torpedoed,” she said.
Her mother remarried, and had two more daughters, Jill added.
“So my three sisters were bridesmaids at my wedding,” she said.
The wedding reception was at The King’s Arms on Wood Street, but was not free of difficulties.
“Unfortunately the wedding car got stuck on the hill and had to be pushed by a crowd of guests up to Wood Street,” Bill said.
The couple’s daughter Sarah was born in 1969 and son Jeremy in 1973. Sarah has lived in France for 22 years since leaving university, while Jeremy is based in Bangkok.
Jill, 76, and Bill also have two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Bill worked in the drawing office at Swindon Railway Works from 1958 to 1969, and Jill was employed in the railway offices.
Bill returned to the motor trade and eventually launched and ran a self-drive hire business. Now retired, he is a member of Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club, plays golf at the Wiltshire club and attends a keep fit group at Marlborough College.
Jill and Bill said they are a contented couple with many happy memories. “We enjoy doing things together,” Jill said.
“And after being together for so many years, and having seen so many changes in our area, it’s good to reminisce,” Bill added.
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