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Love blossomed on the buses

PUBLISHED: 11:15 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

THERE was love on the buses when driver Cyril Woodard first set eyes on his bride to be.

Working as a driver and conductor on Blue Coaches, Cyril met his wife Gwynne who was a regular passenger.

THERE was love on the buses when driver Cyril Woodard first set eyes on his bride to be.

Working as a driver and conductor on Blue Coaches, Cyril met his wife Gwynne who was a regular passenger.

Now, 63 years after that fateful meeting, they are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Cyril, 84 said that Gwynne, now 82, often used to catch the bus with her mother.

He said: "In those days you used to be driver as well as conductor and we just got talking to one another.

"We went out together between 1938 and 1941 and then got married on Boxing Day.

"It was the only day off I could get so we decided to do it then."

When war broke out, Cyril was called up and one of his jobs was to help evacuate the children to the countryside to escape the air raids.

After that he went into the motor car business and worked for Peugeot in Ipswich before opening up a BMW garage on London Road, in the town.

He also helped out with the Ipswich Hospital League of Friends for 30 years.

Meanwhile Gwynne worked for Croydon's jewellers and also looked after their two daughters, Valerie and Susan, who both live in the area.

The couple, who live just off the Westerfield Road in Ipswich, are celebrating their big day with two parties.

Cyril said: "The trouble is with Christmas is that so many people are away. We had a party last Sunday and 35 people crammed into the flat. The flat is filled with flowers and cards."

Cyril counts himself lucky that the pair still have family and friends around them and believes they have stayed together this long because they are so well matched.

He said: "We have a lot to be thankful for."


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