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Diamond day for gem of a couple

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010

85 Hall Road,Northfleet
Sidney and Peggy Gunner are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Picture: Jamie Gray
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85 Hall Road,Northfleet Sidney and Peggy Gunner are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Jamie Gray Mobile:07834 965462 Email: jamie@jamiegray.com

Jamie Gray

A FORMER welder and his wife are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this week. Peggy Eleanor, 82, and Sidney George Gunner, 84, of Hall Road, Northfleet, were married in St Botolph s Church on October 9, 1948. They met when Mr Gunner visited

A FORMER welder and his wife are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Peggy Eleanor, 82, and Sidney George Gunner, 84, of Hall Road, Northfleet, were married in St Botolph's Church on October 9, 1948.

They met when Mr Gunner visited the house of his future wife, then Miss Stoppard, to go and buy an accordion with her brother. The couple married less than a year later. Mrs Gunner said the secret of a long marriage lay in "a bit of give and take".

She added: "If you have any troubles you have to work them out. I have always told my children never go to bed on a quarrel. Always make it up before you go to sleep because it's harder to say sorry the next day."

Mr Gunner worked as a welder, for many years at APCM in Northfleet which was later taken over by Lafarge.

During the war, he was a member of the Parachute Regiment and Mrs Gunner served in the Women's Royal Naval Service.

The couple were both born in Northfleet and have lived in their current home for 47 years.

They have two daughters, Lesley Goodayle, of Fortrye Close, Northfleet, and Lynn Counsell, of Park Avenue, Northfleet, two grandsons, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

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