‘It’s gone like a flash’ - Harold and Doreen Landin, of Ipswich, mark 60th anniversary

Harold and Doreen Landin at their Ipswich home. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Harold and Doreen Landin at their Ipswich home. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A Suffolk couple who had to pull in another vicar last minute to play the organ at their wedding are celebrating their diamond anniversary.

The happy couple on their wedding day. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The happy couple on their wedding day. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Harold and Doreen Landin, both 83 and of Foxhall Road, Ipswich, were married this day 60 years ago at Tattingstone Church.

“Our wedding day was a bit hectic,” said Mr Landin, who has lived in Ipswich all his life. “When we got to the church there was no organist so Doreen had to ring round the village for at least half an hour while they summoned another vicar to play the organ. So we had a vicar doing the ceremony and a vicar playing the organ. It worked out alright in the end.”

The pair met in Ipswich. Mrs Landin used to work at the now-shut Phillips and Piper clothing factory, while Mr Landin was employed at the former power station in Constantine Road.

They have two children, David and Janet, and two grandsons.

Reflecting on the past six decades, Mr Landin said: “It seems to have gone so quick. When I was working as an apprentice I looked forward and thought ‘I’m never going to get old, I will stay like this forever’, but now it’s been 60 years and I look back and it’s gone in a flash.”

Mrs Landin, from Tattingstone, described their relationship as “really good”.

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The couple are going on holiday to the Isle of Wight to mark the milestone, and they are having a family meal on August 18.

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