A pre-Christmas celebration for Sylvia and Arthur

Sylvia Childs and Arthur Jerrom will celebrate their anniversary on Thursday and, inset, on their wedding day.
Sylvia Childs and Arthur Jerrom will celebrate their anniversary on Thursday and, inset, on their wedding day.

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Sylvia Childs and Arthur Jerrom were married in Portsmouth in time for Christmas.

They tied the knot on December 8, 1951, at the register office in St Michael’s Road.

Sylvia Childs and Arthur Jerrom on their wedding day.

Sylvia Childs and Arthur Jerrom on their wedding day.

After a quick honeymoon with the in-laws in east London, Able Seaman Jerrom – or Jerry as he was known to friends – was on his way to Christmas Island aboard the tank-loading craft HMS Narvik, for Britain’s very first atomic land explosion test.

The groom was well-known in the Portsmouth area as he played guitar with The Tumbleweeds. The country and western band’s bass player was a lad called Dave Peacock – and he went on to find fame as one half of Chas and Dave.

Jerry and Sylvia will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.