Chance meeting proves a diamond match

LOVE has blossomed into more than 60 years of marriage for one Ipswich couple after a chance meeting in 1939.It was the mother of the bridegroom who first introduced Norman and Muriel Clough, of Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, to each other.

LOVE has blossomed into more than 60 years of marriage for one Ipswich couple after a chance meeting in 1939.

It was the mother of the bridegroom who first introduced Norman and Muriel Clough, of Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich, to each other.

Norman, 80, explains: "We met during the war when I was in the Territorial Army."

"My wife was working opposite my house as a housemaid for the Ipswich stationmaster.

"My mother introduced us and after that we went out from time to time and then got together."

The couple tied the knot three years later at St Peter's Church, Ipswich, on March 28, 1942.

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Love is still strong for the couple, who have two sons, David, 56, and John, 43.

They celebrated their diamond wedding on Saturday, March 30, with around 30 family guests at their flat.

Norman, a former bricklayer, said: "There were 27 cars outside, so there were a lot of people at the party. It went very well and everyone was very happy."

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