Newbold couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

John & Anne Clarke
John & Anne Clarke

Diamond wedding couple John and Ann Clarke celebrated 60 years of marriage last week.

The couple both grew up in Newbold and were baptised, confirmed and later married in Newbold’s church, St Botolph’s. They celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary on Monday June 10.

They spent their first ten years of marriage in Bristol where John ran his business, Clarke’s Fine Seeds, which sold seeds to farmers. The business is still run by their son, John.

The couple also have a daughter, Pam, and three grandchildren.

The couple celebrated with a gathering of family and friends at the Golden Lion in Easenhall.

The pair met when they were in their teens.

Ann said: “I’d say the secret to a long lasting marriage is to never let the sun go down on a quarrel.”

John and Ann married the same year as the Queen’s coronation, and although it was raining on that day, there was bright sunshine when they wed eight days later.

Other events of note from 1953 include Ian Fleming publishing his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, the Korean war ending, the rationing of sugar ending in the UK, the England football team suffering an embarrassing 6-3 defeat to Hungary - their first ever loss to a continental team at home - and the first colour television going on sale in the United States for $1,175.