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Couple look back on 50 years of marriage

PUBLISHED: 03:18 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

SPARKS flews when a young electrician came to Ipswich and set eyes on the woman he was to marry… and 60 years on the couple's love is still glowing bright.

SPARKS flews when a young electrician came to Ipswich and set eyes on the woman he was to marry… and 60 years on the couple's love is still glowing bright.

Joyce and Robert Sawyer of Geneva Road, Ipswich celebrated their diamond wedding surrounded by friends and family.

The couple met when Mr Sawyer, now 81, came to Ipswich from Clacton to start work as an electrician with Delta. Mrs Sawyer, now 78, said: "I had only just left school. Robert came along and joined our group and it went from there.

"We were interested in the same kind of things, we spent a lot of time together as teenagers."

The happy couple was married at Ipswich registry office on November 30 1941.

Mrs Sawyer had been working in a shop in Ipswich doing dress alterations and later as a secretary at Eastern Counties Buses but after she was married she gave up work and devoted her time to bringing up their five children.

Mr Sawyer continued working at Delta for more than 40 years when he then accepted redundancy and went to work for his son's furniture delivery business until retirement.

His only break from Delta was during the Second World War when he joined the army and saw active service in Burma with Royal Suffolk Regiment.

Still living in the same house they moved into nearly 50 years ago, Mr and Mrs Sawyer are enjoying their retirement together. They play bowls at the Delta Bowls Club and are kept busy with their five grown up children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grand children – all of whom came to their diamond wedding celebration on November 27.

"It's about working together. We enjoy most of the same past times and hobbies and the children hold us together," said Mrs Sawyer. "I can't say we have never had a cross word because that's not true. We just have a good family life and that's important."

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