Walsoken couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

Mary and Terry Else celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a card from the Queen.

Mary and Terry Else celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a card from the Queen.

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A Walsoken couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Love blossomed for Terry, 80, and Mary, 78, Else after he had come to her rescue during a visit to Southend Carnival in 1953.

Mrs Else, who lived in Shoeburyness, Essex, and her friend had both lost their purses during the carnival and were unable to pay for their bus fare home.

Luckily Mr Else, who was stationed in Essex while on national service with the Royal Artillery, stepped in to help and kindly paid for their fares.

The couple tied the knot during a ceremony at Southend Registry Office on August 7, 1954.

Mr Else, who was born and raised in Walpole Highway, and his new wife enjoyed a ham salad and small sponge cake to celebrate.

The couple moved to Emneth in 1955 and went onto have seven children – six boys and one girl. Sadly they lost one of their sons and later adopted their granddaughter in the early 1980s. They are now blessed with a large family of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr Else was a farm worker for many years and went on to work with Remploy.

They were keen bowls players but now enjoy bus trips and plan to visit Southend soon. They enjoy gardening, reading and puzzle books.

They appeared on GMTV twice during their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations as they renewed their vows on television at Blenheim Palace with 49 other couples. They were also selected to meet Eamon Holmes and Fiona Phillips in the lead-up to the ceremony.

Mrs Else said: “I don’t know if there is a secret to a long marriage. We have just tried to enjoy ourselves.”

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