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A husband and wife who have, combined, worked in Fleet Street during its heyday and owned their own company, are set to celebrate their diamond wedding.

Doreen and Martin Tyrrell, of Rougham, met at an ice rink in Haringey, London, and were married just over two and half years later, on July 8, 1961.

Doreen worked in publishing in Fleet Street during the late 1950s and 60s.

Doreen and Martin Tyrrell are set to celebrate 60 years of marriage. Picture: Paula Lomax.
Doreen and Martin Tyrrell are set to celebrate 60 years of marriage. Picture: Paula Lomax.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “I went all over the place.”

She added: “I was constantly running around London.”

After the couple moved to Suffolk in the 1970s, Martin set up his own company, the West Suffolk Engine and Crank Shaft Company, which he ran into the 80s.

Doreen and Martin on their wedding day in July, 1961. Picture: Paula Lomax.
Doreen and Martin on their wedding day in July, 1961. Picture: Paula Lomax.

They moved to Rougham around 20 years ago and have lived there since.

When asked the key to their success, Doreen said it was about being accommodating of one another.

“I think it’s just really about tolerance of each other’s idiosyncrasies,” she said. “And a sense of humour.

“Family has a lot to do with it. We have two daughters, and six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, shortly to be five.”

Doreen and Martin got married in Wood Green, London. Picture: Paula Lomax.
Doreen and Martin got married in Wood Green, London. Picture: Paula Lomax.

She added: “Obviously there were going to some sort of bad patches but we have stuck with it.”

The couple are set to celebrate their 60 years of marriage on July 10.

A number of friends and family are gathering at their daughter’s house.

“We have got about 22 members of the family,” Doreen joked, admitting they were limited to 30 people maximum due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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