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The Drake's are a Diamond couple

PUBLISHED: 23:12 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A COUPLE who met by chance on Lowestoft sea front in 1938 have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Jack and Barbara Drake, of Edmonton Close, Kesgrave, spent their Diamond Wedding day celebrating at the Waverley Hotel in Felixstowe with relatives.

A COUPLE who met by chance on Lowestoft sea front in 1938 have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Jack and Barbara Drake, of Edmonton Close, Kesgrave, spent their Diamond Wedding day celebrating at the Waverley Hotel in Felixstowe with relatives.

They have one daughter, Valerie, a granddaughter, Claudine and a two-year-old great-grandson, Scott.

The pair, both born in Lowestoft, moved to Felixstowe the day after they were married in 1941.

When former train-driver Jack had to move house because of new work arrangements, they moved to Kesgrave, where they have remained since 1961.

Jack, 81, worked on the railways for 51 years. Wife Barbara worked at a canning factory in Lowestoft, and after the birth of her daughter she worked at Maidstone Road High School and Kesgrave High School.

Since their retirement, the dynamic duo have not been putting their feet up. They have continued to indulge in their 30-year love affair with modern sequence dancing – a demanding discipline which involves dancing 16 bars of one set of steps, before quickly shifting to a new pattern.

Jack is also a keen musician, playing both piano and organ, and a dedicated gardener.

Barbara, who is gearing up for yet more celebrations in the new year – she turns 81 in January – said her marathon marriage to Jack had always been a happy one.

"It's a very good life we've had," she said. "We've always shared everything."

And she suggested that hard work and steady employment were key ingredients in their recipe for marital success.

"We've never had any worries or squabbles over money," she said.


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