Blind date led to lasting love

16/7/2011   ''Scarlett Parker 68 and husband Malcolm Parker 71 of Southsea celebrate their Golden Wedding on July 22nd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112531-1)
16/7/2011 ''Scarlett Parker 68 and husband Malcolm Parker 71 of Southsea celebrate their Golden Wedding on July 22nd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (112531-1)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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A blind date led to this couple finding lasting love.

Scarlett and Malcolm Parker were introduced by a friend who thought they’d get on – and that friend was proved right as they’re about to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

16/7/2011   ''Scarlett Parker 68 and husband Malcolm Parker 71 of Southsea celebrate their Golden Wedding on July 22nd''Pictured on their wedding day

16/7/2011 ''Scarlett Parker 68 and husband Malcolm Parker 71 of Southsea celebrate their Golden Wedding on July 22nd''Pictured on their wedding day

The couple were married on July 22, 1961 and will mark their golden wedding anniversary on Friday.

‘We met on a blind date in 1961, set up by a friend,’ says Scarlett. ‘I worked as a hairdresser in Arundel Street, Fratton, and Malcolm was in the Royal Marines, stationed at Eastney barracks.’

Malcolm spent 25 years in the marines and travelled the world before he became a chef in the officers’ mess in Eastney barracks.

Scarlett and Malcolm have three children and five grandchildren, who they see all the time.

As a family they spent three years living in Singapore but are now settled in Southsea.