Celebrations galore for Pam and Len

Diamond Days for Len and Pam Harton of Hilsea. ''The couple were married at St James Church Milton Portsmouth on 19th December 1953'. 'Picture: Malcolm Wells (133591-4773)

Diamond Days for Len and Pam Harton of Hilsea. ''The couple were married at St James Church Milton Portsmouth on 19th December 1953'. 'Picture: Malcolm Wells (133591-4773)

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It’s a very special time for Pam and Len Harton and their family who are celebrating an important anniversary, a big birthday and a reunion.

The Portsmouth couple are marking their 60th anniversary, their daughter Nikki will soon be celebrating her 50th birthday and son Lewis has come home from Brazil.

The wedding on December 19, 1953. (L-r) best man Bill Harton, Len Harton, Pam Harton, Brenda Taylor and Pam Taylor.

The wedding on December 19, 1953. (L-r) best man Bill Harton, Len Harton, Pam Harton, Brenda Taylor and Pam Taylor.

It’s been over two years since they’ve seen Lewis and big family celebrations are planned for the three events and Christmas.

The couple have already enjoyed a meal to mark their diamond wedding, but the party is planned for January.

‘We’re having a big celebration, something in the region of 130 people are coming so we’re looking forward to that. It’s going to be wonderful having everyone here,’ says Pam.

Lewis and his wife Neuza will still be in the UK for the celebration, which also marks Nikki’s birthday.

Pam, 77, and Len, 78, also have four grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren.

They were both born and bred in Portsmouth and met when they were teenagers. Les was at Bransbury Park playing football with his friends and Pam went along with her pals to watch.

She says: ‘He was pretty good-looking and just had such a nice disposition. He was a lovely person and is still a lovely man. He’s been a real good husband and father and we’ve had a wonderful life together.’

Len has suffered some ill health in recent years but the couple feel lucky to have each other and be surrounded by family and friends on this important occasion.

They were wed when she was 17 and he was 18 and settled to married life in Portsmouth.

Les was a well-known builder in the city and Pam worked with him, doing the books.

As well as raising their family, they have been keen travellers, enjoying lots of holidays around the world.

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