Couple’s diamond delight

Betty Reeves (82) and her husband Roy (81) celebrate their diamond wedding. ANL-141004-134227001
Betty Reeves (82) and her husband Roy (81) celebrate their diamond wedding. ANL-141004-134227001

It was the year food rationing came to an end, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile and Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

And 1954 was also the year sweethearts Roy and Dorothy Reeves tied the knot, and now, six decades later, they are celebrating their diamond anniversary.

The happy couple, who married 60 years ago tomorrow, marked the special occasion on Saturday when they were treated to a party with family, friends and old neighbours at Mendis bar and restaurant in Wisbech.

Roy (81) and Dorothy (82), better known as Betty, of St Edmunds Drive, Emneth, met one another when Roy was 20 and Betty was 21.

Roy had just finished his National Service when he started to work with Betty at artists’ materials company Windsor and Newton, in Harrow in North West London.

Betty said: “We lived near one another as well and we started seeing one another.

“I remember the first time we went home together. It was pouring with rain and I didn’t have a raincoat, so Roy was a gentleman and lent me his.”

The couple married about a year later at St Paul’s Church in South Harrow and went on to have two daughters, Paula Reeves (57), who lives in Great Yarmouth, and Susan Reeves (54), of Whittlesey, who organised their anniversary party at the weekend.

Betty kept herself busy looking after their girls and being a housewife, while Roy worked as a manager for the Prudential Insurance company.

He retired around 25 years ago when the couple moved from Harrow to Fenland to be closer to their family – living in Gorefield for 10 years before downsizing to their current bungalow in Emneth 15 years ago.

The pair now have eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, with some living in New Zealand and America.

They have also always owned dogs, having rescued their pet Belgian sheepdog, Mister, after he was dumped by his previous owner.

“We called him Mister as he’s a nosy little parker. When the telephone goes he thinks it’s for him,” said Betty.

Asked what the secret to a strong and successful marriage was, she simply said: “Roy has been a great husband over the years. My family would say he’s been very good for putting up with me, but it’s all about give and take and giving each other space.”