Caister couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

A COUPLE who are celebrating their diamond wedding said their long marriage is down to a happy family and keeping busy.

Tom and Maureen Knights married on February 25 at St Michael’s Church in Beccles.

They have three children Philip, 59, Andrew, 58 and Elizabeth, 54.

They also have 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two more due within the next three months.

Mrs Knights said: “We met when I was 15 and Tom was 21 at a dance in Beccles. I looked across the room and saw Tom wearing his Navy uniform. My uncle was a sailor and I was drawn to the uniform.”

They were together for three years before they got engaged.

“I was 18 and Tom had bought me a ring for Christmas. My aunt came to visit a few days before Christmas and she asked me to show her the ring.

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“I thought we were going to get engaged on my birthday which is January 10 but Tom asked me just before Christmas so it was a surprise.”

The couple waited two years before they got married because they thought they were young.

“I wore a dress with pearls. I didn’t keep my dress, I had it made into a cover for my sons’ pram. I remember we pushed all the ingredients for our cake in a wheelbarrow to the person who made it.”

They lived in Beccles, Burgh St Peter and Great Yarmouth during their 60 years of marriage before moving to their home in Seafield Road North, Caister-on-Sea, 20 years ago.

Mr Knights was a sailor before he worked offshore as an engineer while Mrs Knights worked as a proofreader and ran a guest house in Great Yarmouth before retraining as a florist.

She worked at the Arcade florist which she describes as the happiest time of her life.

The couple will celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, February 26, which was also Mr Knights’ 86th birthday.

Mr Knights said: “We will have an open house and our family will come round for home-made cakes and finger food.”

The couple keep busy and enjoy attending Holy Trinity Church in Caister-on-Sea and gardening together.

Mr Knights is actively involved in a local club while Mrs Knights belongs to the WI and enjoys baking, knitting of flower arranging.

She said: “There’s never a dull moment – we are always busy doing something. We have the children round our house every Tuesday.

“I enjoy making cakes and encouraging the youngsters to bake.

“They are all such lovely, healthy children. It’s a very special anniversary for us. The most important thing is seeing our family together,” she added.