A SUDBURY couple who met aged 15 thanks to a sparkling bicycle celebrated their diamond wedding at the weekend.
June and Don Hamilton, from Lancaster Road, chalked up 60 years of married life on Saturday, marking the occasion with a family holiday in North Norfolk.
They met in 1947 after Mr Hamilton, originally from Liverpool, had come to visit his aunt in Waldingfield Road.
“He was at the bottom of the road and I lived at the top of the hill,” said Mrs Hamilton, 79. “I used to ride up and down on my bicycle.”
Mr Hamilton, 80, said: “I spotted her on her new bike among all the other children playing.”
They kept in touch by letter for a year, before visiting each other five times a year, eventually marrying at Sudbury catholic church in 1952, a report of which in the Free Press noted Mrs Hamilton’s seven bridesmaids.
The couple settled in St Bartholomew’s Lane, building their own home where they raised daughters Meryl and Kim, before moving a few hundred yards to Lancaster Road, where they have remained for 26 years.
Of their successful marriage, Mrs Hamilton said: “Speaking your mind, so your partner knows how you feel, is important.”
Mr Hamilton, who worked in local government building control for 40 years, added: “Tolerance and give-and-take is the key.”