Diamond day for Bob and Dora

Diamond wedding couple Bob Colborn (79) and wife Dora Colborn (78). Pictured at their home in Gosport.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13260-554)
Diamond wedding couple Bob Colborn (79) and wife Dora Colborn (78). Pictured at their home in Gosport.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13260-554)
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Bob and Dora Coleborn are celebrating their diamond wedding – but the couple have been part of each other’s lives for a lot longer than 60 years.

Now great-grandparents, they met while they were still at school and lived in Hardway, Gosport.

Bob and Dora, both 79, were part of the same group of friends and were childhood sweethearts.

After leaving school, Bob was employed by the Admiralty and went to sea a lot, but was home long enough to ask Dora to marry him.

When asked what attracted him to the teenage girl, Bob says: ‘She was absolutely gorgeous. Even our son once looked at a picture and said “Mum look at you, no wonder dad went after you.”’

The couple, who still live in Gosport, were both 19 when they were married at the St Thomas Church, Elson.

They settled in the town and Bob had a long career with the Admiralty (which later became part of the Ministry of Defence), delivering supplies and personnel to and from navy ships.

Dora was a cake shop manageress and then became a cleaner for Gosport Borough Council.

They have two sons, grandchildren and a great-grandchild who visited them on their anniversary.

Bob adds: ‘We received lots of cards and one from the Queen too, which was lovely.’