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Brief encounter brought couple together

PUBLISHED: 15:16 09 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK couple who found love from a very early age, are celebrating a personal milestone – 60 years of marriage.

The unique story of Douglas and Doris Davey (nee Jessupp) of Otley, stretches back to the early 20th century, when the couple first met as neighbours in the Suffolk village.

A SUFFOLK couple who found love from a very early age, are celebrating a personal milestone – 60 years of marriage.

The unique story of Douglas and Doris Davey (nee Jessupp) of Otley, stretches back to the early 20th century, when the couple first met as neighbours in the Suffolk village.

Their relationship stretches back even further than that however, having been friends since childhood:

"We both grew up in Otley, and were childhood friends, but lost touch for a while" Said Doris.

Doris, 88, moved to Ipswich to work as a nanny, and later a school secretary, while Douglas, 92, remained in Otley, where he worked as a school groundsman. They only met each other again through a chance encounter.

After approximately ten years apart, Doris, who was on her way to Ipswich train station, bumped into Douglas, who escorted her the rest of the way.

Their courtship began from there and the couple married in 1941 at Crown Street Chapel, in Ipswich.

They now have two children, Elizabeth and Christine, as well as four grandchildren.

Moving forward, and the Diamond Wedding celebrations have been a special time for not only them, but their family and friends also. So much was planned, that they celebrated for two days!

Commenting on their life together, Doris summed it up in one word: "Grand!"


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