Year of magic for Ipswich pensioners

CELEBRATING your first wedding anniversary is always a magical occasion but for two Ipswich pensioners, the last 12 months have been extra special.Between them, Leslie and Dorothy Ablett have combined ages of 162 years and despite entering the autumn of the lives, love is definitely in the air.

CELEBRATING your first wedding anniversary is always a magical occasion but for two Ipswich pensioners, the last 12 months have been extra special.

Between them, Leslie and Dorothy Ablett have combined ages of 162 years and despite entering the autumn of the lives, love is definitely in the air.

Today, as they continue to enjoy their twilight years together, Mr and Mrs Ablett reflected on the first year as husband and wife declaring: “It's been wonderful.”

Speaking from their Sidegate Lane home, Dorothy, 72, said: “Although we've been married for a year now, we've actually been together for nearly four years and it's been really nice.

“We go to our lunch club together once a week and we also go to the Salvation Army on a Sunday morning.

“We like to go out together on a Saturday, perhaps to Felixstowe or on the bus to Colchester.”

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Leslie, 90, added: “I don't regret a thing, she's wonderful.”

But it has not all been plain sailing for the happy couple.

Dorothy originally met Leslie at the Salvation Army over-60s club six years ago and shortly after, she became his carer and moved into his house.

Their relationship developed, love blossomed and on Christmas Day 2003, Leslie proposed.

After their marriage at Ipswich Register Office, the couple headed north to enjoy their week-long honeymoon in Morecombe, before returning to Ipswich as husband and wife.

To mark their first anniversary, Dorothy treated Leslie to a meal out while Leslie presented his blushing bride with a new watch.

The pair, who have 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren between them, said they enjoy spending time with their respective families.

Dorothy added: “It's nice to spend time with him. We really enjoy each other's company.”

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