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Generation match diamond tradition

Edna and Bruce Powers, of Wallsend, are celebrating their diamond anniversary.

Edna and Bruce Powers, of Wallsend, are celebrating their diamond anniversary.

WALLSEND couple Edna and Bruce Powers have scored a hat-trick for their family after being the third generation to reach their diamond anniversary.

The Powers, of Myrtle Grove, are celebrating 60 years of married life.

Edna’s mum and dad, Lauretta and Richard Heathcote, had their celebration in April 1991, while Richard’s parents, Charles and Hannah Heathcote, had their 60th anniversary in April 1960.

Edna and Bruce first met while they were queuing outside the Tyne Picture Hall in Station Road, Wallsend, in 1945.

They began to meet up and Bruce, who worked in the shipyards at the time, would meet Edna every day as she came out of school for lunch.

It was not long before Bruce joined the army, however, and was sent to Egypt for three-and-a-half years with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

They became engaged when he returned to England and were married in Wallsend’s St Luke’s Church in 1952.

Edna, 80, and Bruce, 82, celebrated their special day with a family meal at the Border Minstrel in Gosforth.

They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Bruce, who worked in research and development at Thermal Syndicate in Wallsend for 27 years, said the secret to a long and happy marriage is “just getting on”.

 

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