Chance meeting leads to 50 year marriage

A TRIP to the railway station turned out to be a one way ticket for Ron Dennis and Phyllis Briggs who have just celebrated 50 years of marriage.The couple bumped into one another at Ipswich railway station when Phyllis was saying goodbye to a young lad she was seeing and Ron was waving off army friends.

A TRIP to the railway station turned out to be a one way ticket for Ron Dennis and Phyllis Briggs who have just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

The couple bumped into one another at Ipswich railway station when Phyllis was saying goodbye to a young lad she was seeing and Ron was waving off army friends.

"We spotted each other at the station and then got on the same bus into town and just got talking and we have never looked back," said Phyllis.

The couple dated for nearly four years before getting married at St George Church, Thwaite, on June 21, 1952.


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Ron, 74 and Phyllis, 72, of Highfield Road, Ipswich admit like all couples they've had their ups and downs but believe sharing and caring is crucial ingredient in a successful marriage.

Phyllis worked in Ipswich at Cowells the printing firm in the security department and Ron worked in the highways department at Suffolk County Council.

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A surprise party was organised by the couple's children to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

"We thought we going for a family meal but instead of taking us to the restaurant we were taken to a hall where all our friends and family had gathered.

"It was such a lovely surprise and about 100 friends and family were there. It was fantastic," said Mrs Dennis.

The couple have three children, Anthony, 48, Richard, 46 and Gillian, 43, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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