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Celebration for diamond duo

Posted on August 19 2012 at 8:34:25

Tom and Lillian

An Alvechurch couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Lillian and Tom Willis got married on August 23, 1952 at St Mary’s Church, Worcester, after an eight-month engagement. They held their reception at the city’s Co-op Hall and then set off for their honeymoon in Salcombe by train and coach.

“We had to sit on our cases in the corridor all the way to Bristol – you wouldn’t do it now!” recalls Lillian, who had met Tom whilst working as a shorthand typist for MECO, an engineering company in Worcester where Tom was a cost clerk.

Wedding pic

The couple moved to South Yardley a few months after the wedding, as Tom was unable to gain promotion in the Worcester firm due to not having been to grammar school! He went on to gain the ACMA and FCMA accounting qualifications, eventually finishing his career as a finance director.

The couple moved to Alvechurch in 1961, and had a daughter, Sally, who also still lives in the village with her own children Nicola and Amy.

“We used to drive through Alvechurch on our way to visit family, and always liked the look of the houses – then one day we saw a For Sale sign, and we’ve lived here happily ever after,” says Lillian.

She says the secret to a happy 60-year marriage is “a sense of humour.” And the couple get on so well that they even managed to write a book together in 2010.

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