Northfleet couple celebrate their diamond day
PUBLISHED: 12:43 27 October 2010
A huge bouquet of white chrysanthemums was handed from a loving husband to wife for the 59th time as a couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Ken Reeman, 83 and his wife Olive, 81, of Hunt Road, Northfleet, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday.
Mr Reeman has presented his wife with a bunch of the white and yellow flowers on every year bar one of their marriage, when the hurricane of 1987 denied him.
He said: “It destroyed the greenhouse just days before I was going to pick them up.”
Such devotion was born even before the two tied the knot.
Mr Reeman, who grew up in Essex, cycled more than 15 miles from his home near Brentwood to catch the ferry to see Olive during their three year courtship, after they were introduced on a blind date.
“My friend was dating and wanted to make up a foursome. They said they knew a man and it turned out to be Ken,” said Mrs Reeman.
“I had just come back from Singapore serving with the Navy in the war against Japan,” added Mr Reeman
Distance proved no obstacle and after the two wed, they settled in Gravesend where Mrs Reeman worked for Paper Sacks and her husband found work at the rubber factory, before moving to Bowater and then to Paper Sacks with his wife.
“He was on one side of the factory and I was on the other so we could see each other but couldn’t speak,” said Mrs Reeman.
Celebrating the 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, the pair and their two sons Adrian and Keith and six grandchildren enjoyed a lunch at the Battle of Britain Pub in Northfleet.
Mrs Reeman added: “We are very lucky to have such a lovely family.”