Hats off to a diamond couple

KISS ME QUICK: Daphne and Ralph Newton, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
KISS ME QUICK: Daphne and Ralph Newton, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
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AN Earls Colne couple are celebrating a quick kiss that turned into a lifetime together.

Ralph and Daphne Newton, of Tey Road Close, are marked their diamond wedding on Thursday with a family holiday in Hampshire, after meeting thanks to some eye-catching headwear.

In 1949, Mr Newton, then a lorry driver, was in a Southend pub with some friends when in walked a group from Long Melford, sporting the height of seaside holiday fashion.

“Daphne had a ‘kiss me quick’ hat on,” said Mr Newton, 88. “She spoke to me all night.”

The following day, he cycled to Long Melford’s Cock and Bull pub to see his future wife, only for her to turn him away. Undeterred, he returned to see her at her home in Acton, and they were married three years later in 1952.

The couple, who have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, believe the secret to their longevity is spending every moment side by side.

“You just have to do everything together really,” said Mr Newton.

Mrs Newton added: “We’ve been to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Russia – we’ve had some lovely times.”