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Fifty years of give and take

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

FISH and chips from an Ipswich shop proved to be the starting point to a marriage that has stood the test of time.

Fred Marsh and Marjorie Thurkettle met for the first time over a portion of chips in Bath Street in 1950.

FISH and chips from an Ipswich shop proved to be the starting point to a marriage that has stood the test of time.

Fred Marsh and Marjorie Thurkettle met for the first time over a portion of chips in Bath Street in 1950. Half a century on and the couple are now celebrating 50 years of married life.

Bath Street, in the Stoke area of town, has since been demolished, but the foundations to a successful marriage were laid there when the couple first met.

Mrs Marsh, now 69, said: "He just came over to me outside the shop and started talking to me. It started there really."

After courting for about a year, the couple married at Ipswich register office in Elm Street on January 26, 1952.

Initially they lived together in the Stoke area of Ipswich, but when the area was redeveloped they moved to the Dickens Road home where they still live today after 47 years.

Before retirement Mrs Marsh worked as a cook in a canteen and Mr Marsh, now 71, worked at Ransomes and Rapiers.

The couple have seven children, Stephen, Jean, Linda, Paul, John, Theresa and Andrew, 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

To mark their special day they held a party at their home with immediate family members. The children are also clubbing together so the couple can enjoy a holiday later in the year.

Reflecting on their half century of married life, Mrs Marsh said the secret to their success was compromise.

She said: "I think there has to be give and take, you have to help each other. We have had our ups and downs over the years but nothing serious."

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