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Great Waldingfield couple mark diamond wedding anniversary

Give and take is the secret to a long and successful marriage, according to Roy and Ruth Lock.

The couple, who have lived in Great Waldingfield for more than 40 years, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this week.

Both are keen bowls players and have won many trophies over a 20-year period, playing for clubs in Great Waldingfield and Sudbury, as well as in Spain.

Mr and Mrs Lock, who married in Buckinghamshire in 1958, were congratulated on their diamond wedding by the Queen.

Mr Lock said: “We received a card from the Queen and have had a family gathering to celebrate, which was lovely.

“You have to have a bit of give and take in a marriage.”

Mr Lock was in the RAF all his working life. He was posted to and flew in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, America and the Middle East.

“My claim to fame was that I flew the Vulcan bomber for seven years,” he said. “I was an engineer on board and it was the best seven years of my time in the RAF.”

The actual aircraft he flew in is preserved and on display in the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London, which he has visited.

Keen on growing his own produce, Mr Lock has had his allotment in Great Waldingfield for 40 years.

Roy and Ruth Lock on their wedding day 60 years ago (4084729)
Roy and Ruth Lock on their wedding day 60 years ago (4084729)

Originally a hairdresser, Mrs Lock was a volunteer at the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Sudbury for 17 years. She is also a keen gardener.

The couple have two daughters, Alison and Deborah.

Alison said: “Dad still attends to his allotment and garden every day, while mum swims three times a week in the pool in Sudbury.

“They have just returned from Lake Garda in Italy, where they enjoyed an early anniversary celebration, and we celebrated together at The Swan in Lavenham.

“They are 83 and 81 years old respectively, andthey are absolutely wonderful for their age.”