A double celebration for Joan and Norman

Joan and Norman Pettitt
Joan and Norman Pettitt
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Joan and Norman Pettitt have a double celebration this week, as it was their diamond wedding anniversary yesterday and it’s Joan’s 80th birthday tomorrow.

The happy couple, who live in Southsea, married at St Cuthbert’s Church in Copnor on April 16, 1952.

Joan and Norman Pettitt

Joan and Norman Pettitt

John and Norman, 85, now have three children Elaine, 57, David, 54, and Sarah, 46, and five grandchildren David, 26, Robert, 20, Sophie, 17, Lucy, 14, and Phoebe-Jo, who’s nine.

For the joint celebration their daughter Sarah held a big party at her house in Southsea, with all their family, and some of Joan’s old friends from when she worked at Woolworths.