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Gravesend couple share their day with the royals

PUBLISHED: 14:33 28 April 2011

Ron and Jean Pollard will celebrate 50 years of marriage as William and Kate get hitched

Ron and Jean Pollard will celebrate 50 years of marriage as William and Kate get hitched

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As William and Kate make their way down the aisle tomorrow, a couple will be celebrating 50 years since they made the same journey.

Jean and Ron Pollard,of Lynton Road South, Gravesend, took their nuptials in All Saints Church, Perry Street on April 29 1961.

Ron, 78, described how he saw Jean, 73, at the Blue Circle Dance Hall after being dragged there by his aunt.

He said: “I wasn’t sure about it, but thought ‘why not’. When I went in there were these two girls, one with pigtails. I said to my friend with her hair down she wouldn’t half look nice.

“Word must have gone round the hall because next time sure enough her hair was down. I eventually plucked up the courage to talk to her, she was by the snacks with a fairy cake and the first thing I said was that will make you fat. Who would have thought that would work.”

A former shop owner on Echo Square Mr Pollard quit at 60 and began a gardening business up to three years ago, while Mrs Pollard ran Robinsons on Perry Street.

The pair, who had two sons, one surviving and two grandchildren are pro-royalists and will watch the wedding tomorrow before enjoying a meal with family and friends at Woodlands Park on Saturday.

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