Anniversary for diamond couple

Don (84) and Bessie Bailey (83) celebrate their diamond wedding.
Don (84) and Bessie Bailey (83) celebrate their diamond wedding.

A GOREFIELD couple who married in a double wedding celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow (Thursday).

Don and Bessie Bailey met when Don’s sister Audrey and Bessie’s brother Bernard started going out and after four years of courting, the two couples had a double wedding at Gorefield Parish Church on December 8, 1951.

Sadly, Bernard died several years ago but the Baileys still include Audrey in everything and she will be at the family party to celebrate their anniversary.

Don, who is now 84, worked for 50 years as a basket maker and Bessie, who is 83, worked in agriculture for 30 years.

The couple had two daughters – Rosemary and Julie – and now have three grandsons and a granddaughter, as well as two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

Don was practically a founder member of the Wisbech branch of the St Raphael Club and has been going there for 50 years. He and Bessie still attend weekly meetings there.

They are a quiet couple and spend most of their time at home where Bessie enjoys knitting, sewing and reading and Don keeps sharp with puzzles.

They will be marking their 60th anniversary with a family party at the weekend.