Diamond party for Wilsons

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A chance meeting at a works dance led to a marriage which has lasted 60 years for a devoted Kimberley couple who have just celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary.

Eric and Dora Wilson celebrated the milestone with a surprise party at Cloverlands Court in Watnall with more than 80 people.

“The party was a big surprise and a card from Her Majesty the Queen was the icing on the cake” he said.

“We have been blessed with a wonderful family, two children,four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren, and many wonderful friends.”

The couple, of Chilton Drive, met working at Burtons Grocery Specialist in Nottingham, back in 1951. They dated for two years and tied the knot at Holy Trinity Church.

Coincidently, Eric and Dora were both head boy and head girl in their school days and later both became heavily involved in Scouts and Guides.

Eric was the Group leader of the 2nd Kimberley Scouts and was a driving force behind the formation of the Scout and Guide band as well as playing an integral role in securing the building of Kettlebrook Lodge.

Dora was a chorister at Kimberley Church and taught in the Sunday School. She was a founder member of Holy Trinity Wives Group and took on the role of 2nd Kimberley Scout Group’s secretary. Through their involvement in scouting the couple helped to forge Twinning links with Echirolles in France and played their parts in running Festival events in the 1970’s and 80’s and later shared a mutual interest in singing with the church choir.