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Diamond day for Derek and Jane Money from March who are celebrating 60 years of marriage



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"Give and take" and "helping each other" is the recipe for a long and happy marriage according to March couple Derek and Jane Money.

Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560501)
Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560501)

And they should know as tomorrow (Thursday) they will be celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

The couple, who live in Grounds Avenue, met while Jane, 79, was working in Thorn's - the former grocers store in March High Street, but it could so easily have ended there.

Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560503)
Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560503)

Jane explained that she liked the look of Derek when he came into the shop with his sister, but he was carrying a baby and she assumed he was married.

A quick check by one of Jane's work friends confirmed he was in fact single and the baby belonged to his brother, the friend then told Derek that Jane liked the look of him and he agreed to meet the next time he was home.

Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560505)
Derek and Jane Money are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday) (3560505)

He was in the RAF at the time and was only home every other weekend.

Derek said: "I told the friend I'd meet Jane outside the register office - it was where Barclay's bank is now - but when Jane turned up she'd brought her friend with her and I landed up having to pay for them both to go to the pictures."

Fast forward two years and the couple were back at March Register Office this time to tie the knot. They were married on August 16 1958.

Derek left the RAF after completing four years of service and undertook a number of jobs including working at Ever Sparkle Pop when he first left the service.

The couple have four children: Deborah, Anthony, Jennifer and Tracey who all live locally, they also have 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

They celebrate the milestone anniversary with a family meal at The Griffin on Saturday evening. They were also delighted to receive a card from the Queen congratulating them on their Diamond Wedding day.



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