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Weeting couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary




A couple who met in Bury St Edmunds through work 60 years ago are now celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Jo and John Goodenough, of Weeting, worked together at a now defunct egg packing plant, Sappa, on Northgate Street, in the centre of town.

After one year together, the pair tied the knot at St Mary’s Church, on 29 July, 1961, and have remained together ever since.

The couple on their wedding day.
The couple on their wedding day.

Jo said: “We weren’t expected to last very long in our marriage because we had only been going out a few months.

“He asked me out on one date, then we went out again a fortnight later in the August, and then in the September we were engaged.

“There were people in my family that said it would never last, but we proved them wrong.”

The couple on their wedding day.
The couple on their wedding day.

Both Jo and John held various jobs in their careers. John worked as a HGV lorry driver, while Jo's favourite job was being a post lady.

After retiring to the Orkney Islands, the pair returned to the region seven-and-a-half years ago.

During their time together, the pair have had two children, Susan and John, as well as five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Jo Goodenough and husband John, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture by Mark Westley.
Jo Goodenough and husband John, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture by Mark Westley.

When asked about their thoughts on her parents’ diamond anniversary, Susan said: “We are immensely proud of their achievement, as not many people make it to 60 years of marriage.”

Jo said she does not believe that there is a secret to marriage, and if there is, she has no idea what it is.

“It’s like everything else,” she said. “Some days you get along nicely and are really good, while other days you irritate the hind legs off each other.

“It’s been a good marriage, and if there is a secret, then I don’t know it.”

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