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Childhood sweethearts' lifetime of love

PUBLISHED: 05:04 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THE end of the war spelled love for two Ipswich childhood sweethearts who have just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Joan and Tom Deverson from Fletcher Road met when they were just 14 years old when Joan had just come back to the town after being evacuated to Loughborough.

THE end of the war spelled love for two Ipswich childhood sweethearts who have just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Joan and Tom Deverson from Fletcher Road met when they were just 14 years old when Joan had just come back to the town after being evacuated to Loughborough.

As more youngsters began to fill the streets a gang of children formed including Joan and Tom.

Joan said: "I knew I wanted Tom and so I got him."

Once Joan, now 70 had achieved her mission, the pair began going out together, going for walks around the area.

Tom, also 70 said: "Just after the war there was nothing to do – we could not afford to go to the cinema or anything like that.

"The only thing we could do was go for walks together."

Three years after they met, Tom joined the Royal Navy where he stayed for eight years.

While he was in the Navy, Tom was involved in exploding the very first atomic bomb in Australia.

The couple married when they were 20 years old at the Ipswich Register Office.

Joan said: "It was a very quiet wedding because Tom had to go back to the Navy on the Monday.

"We couldn't afford anything else."

While Tom was still serving in the Navy, the couple had two children Gwen and Linda and two more, Christopher and Gillian were born after he was de-mobbed.

Joan said: "He used to come back from the Navy and I used to hate the day when he said he had to go back again.

"I was always left in floods of tears but I had two children so I just had to get on with things."

When Tom eventually left the Navy he went to work at Alston's Furniture before following the tradition of his father and grandfather and going to work at Ipswich Port.

Joan worked for a time in Woolworth's and also at shops around the Greenwich and Gainsborough estates, as well as being a full time mum.

Now their children have grown up, the couple has seven grandchildren to keep them busy.

It was their loving family who organised the surprise of their life for them on their wedding anniversary.

Joan said: "We knew we were having a party and were waiting for our daughter to pick us up.

"There was a knock at the door and a man said that he had a taxi for us.

"When I got outside there was great big Limousine waiting for us with my seven grandchildren inside.

"It was so lovely I didn't know what to do – I almost ran back inside."

Before being taken to the Clapgate Lane Conservative Club where the party was being held, the couple were treated to an hour-long drive around Ipswich in the car.

Looking back on their happy marriage the couple are adamant that they have never had a row.

Tom said: "You always say things you don't mean when you have a row."

Joan said: "Our marriage has been lovely, we are just happy, happy, happy."

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