March couple celebrate diamond wedding

Jean and Maurice Perry celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
Jean and Maurice Perry celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

A March couple whose eyes first met at a dance as teenagers have celebrated sixty years of marriage.

Maurice and Jean Perry, of Calvary Drive, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on November 20.

The couple went to the same school in Worcestershire but did not meet until a Youth Fellowship dance in Pershore.

Mrs Perry, 82, said: “He came up to me to ask me to dance and we haven’t stop dancing since.”

Love blossomed for the couple and some time later Mr Perry, 81, popped the big question in a very special way.

Mrs Perry said: “He gave me a little box and asked if I would like what is inside. It was romantic and a lovely ring. I will be passing it on to my granddaughter.”

The pair tied the knot in Pinvin on November 20 and were joined by more than 100 people to celebrate the occasion.

Mrs Perry said: “It was a lovely day – we had a wonderful time.”

The couple went on to have four children – Andrew, 59, of Doddington; Keith, 56, of March, and Janette, 42, of March. Sadly the family lost Michael six years ago after suffering an anaphylactic shock.

They also have six grandchildren.

Mr Perry worked for many years as a butcher but after having to undergo a heart bypass worked for the family courier business.

Mrs Perry had given more than 14 years as a voluntary worker for social services.

The couple were joined in celebrating their milestone with a party for 80 people.

They asked for donations instead of gifts and have raised more than £300, which will be divided between Doddington Surgery and an anaphylactic shock charity.

Mrs Perry put the secret of her long marriage down to understanding.

She said: “You just live from day to day.

“We have always got on well. We don’t spend all day cuddling, but the sentiment is there.”