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Chatteris couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

Diamond wedding anniversary of Terry Shad and Janet Shad

Chatteris (home telephone 01354 760043)
Contact is daughter Chloe Shad (07543371 646) ANL-140818-073414009

Diamond wedding anniversary of Terry Shad and Janet Shad Chatteris (home telephone 01354 760043) Contact is daughter Chloe Shad (07543371 646) ANL-140818-073414009

A dance led to 60 happy years of marriage for a Chatteris couple.

Town councillor Terry Shad and his wife Janet, both aged 82, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary by renewing their vows, followed by a family party.

Mr Shad first laid eyes on his future wife during a dance at Weymouth in 1953 while serving with the Royal Navy.

Romance blossomed following a daring move by Mr Shad.

He said: “I walked her home and we shook hands on the doorstep.

“But she had made the mistake of showing me where she lived so I went back the next morning at breakfast time and knocked on the door. Her mother was furious but tolerated it!”

His proposal also proved to be quite daring – by buying a ring and simply putting it on the future Mrs Shad’s finger.

Unfortunately the ring had to be returned as it was too small, but they were able to exchange it.

The couple tied the knot in the Holy Trinity Church in Weymouth on August 14, 1954. They were married by the padre from HMS Implacable.

Mr Shad, who was serving on the aircraft carrier, was then the youngest seaman petty officer in the navy.

Mr Shad spent 30 years in the navy and retired from HMS Eagle as a Lt Commander.

He and his wife then went on to run a pub and hotel in Cornwall for many years before moving to Chatteris in 2004.

The couple have three children – Beverley, 58, Aileen, 55, and 51-year-old Adrian. They have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr Shad says the secret of a long marriage is hard work.

He said: “You have to accept what you have in life and not try to overreach.

“You also have to understand there is always an answer to any problem.

“As you grow older, there is a closer relationship as you realise how valuable your time together is.”

 

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