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Singing leads to lifetime of joy

PUBLISHED: 17:56 27 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

YOUNG Thelma Roberts never dreamed she was about to embark on a lifetime's journey of happiness when she took a bus to a singing competition (well, it was in Wales).

YOUNG Thelma Roberts never dreamed she was about to embark on a lifetime's journey of happiness when she took a bus to a singing competition (well, it was in Wales).

The conductor (of the bus, not an orchestra,) was a nice chap called Meirion Jones. "He asked me my

name,'' said Thelma.

On their first date they were to meet under the clock where all young couples met. Meirion, who is now 76, went over to her but she didn't recognise him without his conductor's hat and confusion arose as each said that their dates had not turned up. So off they went together to the pictures!

"It was only during the interval when he asked me my name that we realised we had both been waiting for each other," said 71-year-old Thelma.

Today, having just celebrated their golden wedding, they live in Booth Lane, Ipswich, and although it is only four years since they moved from Wales, Thelma said they were putting down strong roots.

She said: "This is our home now and where my roots are. Our three grandchildren mean the world to us so we want to be near them."

They have brought a little piece of Wales with them and named their new home Y Bwthyn, which means the bungalow or cottage.

The couple married in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, on November 22, 1951, and spent happy years travelling the world and spending winters in Spain.

Today they love to potter around in their garden and spend time with the many friends they have made since they came to be near their daughter and grandchildren.

"I wouldn't swap my husband for anything. It has been as education living with him but one I am glad I carried on with. We have had and are having a very happy life," said Thelma.

They celebrated the happy occasion with a buffet for friends and family and then had an evening with

their family.

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