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Bury St Edmunds Glastonbury Court care home couple Frank and Jean renew vows as they celebrate 62-years of marriage

A couple at a Bury St Edmunds care home have renewed their wedding vows as they celebrate their lifetime together.

Frank Woods, 94, who lives in Glastonbury Court, Glastonbury Road, and wife Jean, 83, renewed their wedding vows after 62-years of marriage, surrounded by 18 of their family and friends.

The ceremony was arranged by Frank, who ‘wanted to make Jean feel special again’.

Jean and Frank Woods. Picture: Care UK/Glastonbury Court
Jean and Frank Woods. Picture: Care UK/Glastonbury Court

On the day, Jean walked down the aisle to The Gladfly by Shostakovich with her great-grandchildren as the bridesmaids and page boys.

The ceremony was led by Jean and Frank’s son-in-law the Rev David Crofts, the local vicar.

In his vows Frank said: “All you need to know is I love her.”

Frank and Jean on their wedding day. Picture: Care UK/Glastonbury Court
Frank and Jean on their wedding day. Picture: Care UK/Glastonbury Court

The service was followed by a wedding buffet and Champagne, with toasts to Jean and Frank.

The couple’s advice on achieving a long and happy marriage, is ‘to give and take and listen to each other’.

Jean added: “For your husband to do as he is told”.

Ana Mihai, home manager at Glastonbury Court, said: “Congratulations to the happy couple. It's easy to see just how much they adore each other – they’re a real inspiration to us all.

“The Glastonbury Court team worked so hard to turn the home into a lavish wedding venue fit for the wonderful occasion, making it the perfect place to make their vows official once again. We were honoured to play a part in such an important occasion.

“Here’s to the couple and many more years of their happy marriage.”

Jean was born in Diss and worked as a PA for an accountant.

She used to walk past the curry shop Frank, who was born in Ely, managed every day until one day, they started chatting.

The couple's first date was in 1960 in East Dereham, Norfolk, when they went to a 21st birthday party together.

Then, two years later they got married on a hot summer's day at Swaffham Methodist Church.

They went on to have two children together, Jackie and Andrew.