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Diamond day for
AN Alderbury couple who met in the village are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on Monday.
Will and Muriel Northeast, both 84, met in Occomore’s bakery and grocer’s shop in 1943 when Mr Northeast was working as an apprentice baker and his future wife was a childminder.
But they didn’t become a couple until 1949, when Mr Northeast returned from Egypt where he was stationed with the army. He had written to her while he was away.
After returning from the army, Mr Northeast went back to the bakery in Alderbury and worked in the industry throughout his career, having his own shop in Salisbury, while Mrs Northeast worked as a dinner lady at Alderbury Primary School for 25 years as well as working in shops.
They married on October 21, 1953 at St Mary’s Church, Alderbury and live in the house where Mr Northeast was born in Fountain View.
The couple have two children and two grandchildren and celebrated 60 years of marriage with their family at a party in The Green Dragon over the summer.
“We make a really good team,” said Mrs Northeast.
“We’ve had a lovely marriage and always help one another. We sometimes have arguments but never row – and that is the secret.
“We like to sit and reminisce about the good times.
“The letters Will sent me while he was abroad, I still look at now and they are very sentimental – we have a lot of good memories.”
On Monday the couple will be celebrating their big day with family and friends.
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