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Patience makes a diamond marriage

PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

LOVE sparked at the farm gates between Sheila Hancock and Sid Daldry who are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

They marked their milestone anniversary with a party for 40 people at Sherrington Road old people's home on Saturday where they had a host of gifts including a card from The Queen.

LOVE sparked at the farm gates between Sheila Hancock and Sid Daldry who are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

They marked their milestone anniversary with a party for 40 people at Sherrington Road old people's home on Saturday where they had a host of gifts including a card from The Queen.

At the celebrations their daughter, Jean Baldwin, 57, who lives in Sussex, said her parents used to go the same school, but didn't know each other then. They met because her mother used to walk by the farm gates at Lone Barn where her future husband worked.

They married at St Mary's Church, Bramford, on May 9, 1942. "I think they married because otherwise my mum would have to go and work in the munitions factory," joked Mrs Baldwin.

Mr Daldry, 86, worked as a farmer for 40 years and then at the British Sugar Beet Factory. Mrs Daldry, 82, first worked at Hewett's Grocery until after they marriage.

Among the presents they received at the party was a scrapbook of family memories from 1900 to the present day given to them by their granddaughter who lives in Canada.

Mrs Baldwin said the secret of her parent's long and happy marriage is: "patience on both sides."

They have one daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


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