Diamond couple toast 60 years

Happy anniversary ... Peggy and Alf Theobald are Celebrating 60 years of marriage.
Happy anniversary ... Peggy and Alf Theobald are Celebrating 60 years of marriage.
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IGNORING your date is not the best way to begin a future encompassing 60 years of marriage – but it worked for one couple.

Peggy and Alf Theobald, from Spring Close in Lavenham, have clocked up six decades of marriage – made all the more remarkable after Peggy stood up Alf on their first date.

“I used to regularly go to the youth clubs in the village back then and got asked by someone if I would like to meet their friend for a date,” said Peggy, 80.

“I said yes and went along. I saw Alf standing there, but I didn’t think he was my date so I didn’t speak to him and went home.”

Luckily, Alf bumped into his future wife a few days later and asked her what had happened.

“I remember he was wearing a pair of dark-rimmed glasses and I liked him straight away,” said Peggy.

The pair were soon engaged, and married in 1951. Alf spent time in the RAF in his early 20s, before working at Gainsbourgh Silk Weavers, while Peggy worked at the Stephen Walters factory in Sudbury for 40 years.

They have two children, Anne and Susan, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.