Double diamond celebration

Doreen and Barrie Smallman have celebrated their diamond wedding annviersary
Doreen and Barrie Smallman have celebrated their diamond wedding annviersary

Weddings now can take months, if not years, to organise – but a Wisbech couple were able to put theirs together in 12 days.

Robert and Pamela Parren celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday last week.

The couple, who live in Wisbech, needed to get married quickly in order to qualify for a police house in the town.

Luckily Mrs Parren had a wedding dress in mind and a bakers had a two-tier cake ready for another wedding that had been cancelled.

The couple, who first met at a dance four years previously, have two children, Bona and Deborah. Mr Parren was in the force for more than 12 years until being injured in a bike accident but went on to work for the water board.

Mrs Parren said: “The secret to a long marriage is a sense of humour.”

Doreen and Barrie Smallman, of Mansell Road, Wisbech, are also celebrating their diamond wedding annviersary.

The couple tied the knot in Emneth Church on March 31, with the Rev Wilbert Awdry doing the honours.

This was followed by a honeymoon in London when they saw Max Bygraves.

Mr Smallman worked at Balding and Mansell. The couple had three children, David, Steven and Robert.

They say give and take is their secret.

Both Mr and Mrs Parren and Mr and Mrs Smallman attend All Saints’ Church at Walsoken.