Gorleston couple’s 60 years of sweet harmony

PUBLISHED: 17:49 14 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:52 14 April 2011

June and Jack Willsher with the card from the Queen marking their diamond wedding anniversary.

June and Jack Willsher with the card from the Queen marking their diamond wedding anniversary.


A MUSIC loving couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary after sharing 60 years of sweet harmony.

Jack and June Willison still live at home in Newnham Green, Gorleston, where they started married life.

Mr and Mrs Willison tied the knot at St Peter’s Church in Great Yarmouth on March 31 1951. They met five years earlier during VJ day party at the old Yare Hotel, now the HSBC bank, on South Quay.

At the time, Jack, 82, was a trainee mechanic and June, 80, a seamstress at Johnson’s clothing factory in Gorleston.

The couple married when Jack returned from national service and had one son Paul, who lives close to his parents on the Magdalen estate.

A self-taught, semi-professional drummer, Jack played local dance halls with the Hal Disney Trio in the 1960s and 70s. He worked for many years as a mechanic, but had to take early retirement, aged 50, after suffering a stroke.

June returned to Johnson’s for a time and later worked as a customer assistant at Marks and Spencer in Yarmouth for 17 years, before retiring in 1986.

Son Paul and daughter-in-law Karan arranged a wedding anniversary party for the couple and congratulatory card from the Queen.

Both share a passion for music and regularly attend jazz concerts at Gunton Hall and Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton and all over the country.

Reflecting on the secret of a successful marriage, June said: “There needs to be plenty of give and take and tolerance. Music has played a big part in our lives and we loved travelling, especially to Greece and Spain.”

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