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Double wedding joy for families

PUBLISHED: 13:12 01 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

WHEN Doris and David Mayhew got married on the same day as Barbara and Ralph Fuller, children were only in their dreams.

Little did they realise that 30 years later their children would meet and marry, creating even more of a link between the two families.

WHEN Doris and David Mayhew got married on the same day as Barbara and Ralph Fuller, children were only in their dreams.

Little did they realise that 30 years later their children would meet and marry, creating even more of a link between the two families.

On a gloriously hot day on September 29 1951, Doris Clarke and Barbara Rush were walking down the aisle, Barbara at Freston Church and Doris at Stradbroke Baptist Church.

But the connection between them was not to come to light until their children Alan and Janice met up and married years later.

Janice from Old Kirton Road, Trimley St. Martin said the coincidence did not dawn on them until they were both buying cards for their parents 30th Wedding anniversary.

She said: "We did not really think how unusual it was before that.

"I think it is nice - like it was meant to be."

Her mother -in-law, Barbara Fuller from Cordy's Lane Trimley St. Mary said the news had come as something of a surprise when they found out around 20 years ago.

She said: "We were quite surprised when we found out.

"We knew really as soon as Janice and Alan met and we just happened to be talking about it."

The two couples get on well but rarely see one another and met in completely different circumstances.

Mrs Fuller,74 said that she met husband Ralph, 78 at a dance in Ipswich in 1950 when he had just some out of the airforce.

She said: "I can't really say what attracted me to him - I think you just know.

"We have been very happy."

He worked for Marley Tiles and the couple moved from their home in Rydal Walk, Ipswich to Nacton and then to Chelmsford for a time.

Mrs Fuller spent her time as a housewife and mother, bringing up their two children Gillian 48 and Alan 46 who gave them six grandchildren.

She said: "Because we were local people we wanted to come back this way so we came here to Trimley."

The couple celebrated their golden wedding with an open house for all their family and friends to drop in throughout the day.

To make the reminiscences of the wedding day complete the three bridesmaid's, Violet Poll, Carolyn French and Pat Rose were also making an appearance.

The Mayhew household was less frenetic, with a family meal to celebrate their 50 years of marriage.

Doris Mayhew, 71 from Barley Green, Stradbroke said they were extremely surprised to find out that they were married on the same day as the Fullers.

She said: "I did not find out for quite a time and it came as a bit of a shock."

Mrs Mayhew can remember her wedding day as if it was yesterday.

She said: "It was the most beautiful day with bright sunshine and my little bridesmaids were wearing gold satin which the sun kept catching."

Mrs Mayhew met husband to be David at the pictures and as the pair went to different churches were soon contriving between them how they could meet on a Sunday.

She said: "He ended up just coming to church with me."

Once married, Mrs Mayhew worked in the canteen at Stradbroke School and David helped his father on his farm at Southolt Hall.

They had two children, Janice and Christine and now have seven grandchildren.

Eventually David took over the farm and worked it until he retired.

Mrs Mayhew said their marriage had been wonderful and that her husband was a very kind man.

She said: "I don't know what I would do without him.

"We have had our ups and downs but on the whole we have been very happy.

"It doesn't seem like we have been married a long time, love has kept us together."

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