Diamond Delight for Caister couple

A GREEN-FINGERED couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary have found that good things come in threes.

Thomas and Mary Coots, of Caister, marked 60 years of married life this month with a message of congratulations from the Queen and a meal with family at a seafood restaurant. And in the two days following, the pair enjoyed their granddaughter’s wedding and Thomas’s 84th birthday to make it a hat-trick of red letter days.

Mary, 80, said: “First it was the anniversary, then the wedding and birthday – it was celebrations all round and then it was home for a bit of a rest.”

The couple married on September 9, 1950, five years after first meeting in Hertfordshire at a local dance, where Thomas approached Mary but was determined to avoid having to show off his moves.

“I went with a friend of mine and he had come with a friend of his,” recalled Mary, “but he said our friends could dance and we could just sit down and talk.”


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It was shortly after their meeting that Thomas, serving in the 3rd Parachute Battalion, was posted to the Middle East.

However, he had a regular supply of letters from his new sweetheart, and when he returned 14 months later they started courting. Not that the path to a happy marriage was always a smooth one.

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“I didn’t like him that much when we first met but then you get to know someone, and we clicked,” said Mary.

“However, he asked me to get engaged when I was 17 and I said I didn’t know him well enough so he waited a year before asking again. I said yes and I’m pleased I did.”

Following their marriage, they worked to save up for a house before moving to Watford, and then to Caister nearly two decades ago. It was a decision they say is one of the best they ever made.

Now the pair keep busy by tending to their garden, a passion that has seen them take a number of titles over the years at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Bloom. They also share a love of sport and keeping active. As well as swimming and golf, they play bowls in Rollesby together, and in contrast to their first meeting, enjoy sequence dancing in Bradwell.

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