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Diamond celebrations for Peter and Lorna
EXCHANGING smiles at their local church was the start of a long and happy marriage for Harnham couple Peter and Lorna Claxton.
Mr Claxton, 83, had moved to the Chalke Valley from Norfolk to work as a dairyman when he caught Lorna’s eye.
Mrs Claxton, 81, said it was his smile that drew her in.
“It was at Bishopstone Methodist Chapel,” she said.
“I saw his smile and asked if I could sit down next to him. Then I asked him if he’d like to come to the cinema with me.”
Their first date was to watch the Luton Girls Choir, and two years later they were married in the church where they met.
Mr Claxton worked as a dairyman throughout his career until he retired in 1995. Mrs Claxton became a nanny when she left school at 14 but later stayed at home to raise the couple’s three daughters, Angela, Josie and Diane.
They lived in Bishopstone for 33 years and moved to Harnham when Mr Claxton retired from farming.
The couple have enjoyed gardening and coastal walking. Mrs Claxton is a member of Salisbury Flower Club, and has won several prizes for her arrangements.
They are lifelong Methodists and try to get to church every week.
Mrs Claxton said the secret to a long and happy marriage is “doing everything together”.
“We do the cooking, walking, shopping. I even persuaded him to come to flower club with me,” she said.
The couple, who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today, are having a gathering for family and friends on Saturday.
They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who will be joining them, and friends are welcome to pop in.
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