David and Sylvia mark 50 years of wedded bliss

David and Sylvia Walters had an extra special treat for their golden wedding anniversary as they arrived at their party in a Rolls Royce.
David and Sylvia Walters had an extra special treat for their golden wedding anniversary as they arrived at their party in a Rolls Royce.

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David and Sylvia Walters had an extra special treat for their golden wedding anniversary as they arrived at their family party in a luxurious white Rolls Royce.

The couple, who live in Fareham, are celebrating 50 happy years together.

David and Sylvia Walters on their wedding day

David and Sylvia Walters on their wedding day

David first saw Sylvia Sutton at a social club night when they both worked as civil servants for the Ministry of Defence in London.

They both worked in offices overlooking Horse Guards Parade and quickly fell for one another.

They were married a little over a year later on October 6, 1962, in Herne Hill, London, and spent their honeymoon in Jersey.

David spent most of his career working for the Ministry of Defence and spent time on board the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships.

Sylvia left her job as a secretary and began working as a cook.

They have five children Alison, Debbie, Mandy, Michael and Katie.

They also have 10 grandchildren, Penny, James, Sam, Lisa, Ben, Lauren, Will, Sophie, Maxwell and Hayden.

To celebrate their landmark anniversary, the family organised a big celebratory party for them at the Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club in Fareham.

To help David and Syliva celebrate, relatives and friends came from all over the country, including Scotland and Wales.

Sylvia says: ‘We had a great big party with 82 people there. It was lovely and we even turned up in a white Rolls Royce which was a lovely surprise.

‘The driver had been ordered to take us along the scenic route before we got there and we drove around for about an hour.

‘There was an exact time we had to be there apparently, but we had a great time.’

The couple believe that the secret to a long and happy marriage is give and take.

Sylvia says: ‘We’ve had a busy marriage, especially with five children, but it’s all about give and take.’