Encounter at St Patrick’s Day dance led to love

Jean and Larry Emmerson are celebrating their diamond anniversary and, inset, on their wedding day
Jean and Larry Emmerson are celebrating their diamond anniversary and, inset, on their wedding day

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Jean and Larry Emmerson first met at a St Patrick’s Day dance.

But circumstances meant they couldn’t marry until four years after that first encounter at the Empress Ballroom in North End in 1948.

Larry and Jean Emmerson are celebrating their diamond anniversary

Larry and Jean Emmerson are celebrating their diamond anniversary

Larry was away with the Merchant Navy and Jean spent time in hospital after she contracted tuberculosis.

Finally, the couple tied the knot at St Saviours Church in North End on April 24, 1952.

And Jean, 81, and Larry, 85, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

After Larry left the Merchant Navy he became a painter and decorator, while Jean did various part-time jobs.

They went on to have four children Larry, 59, Susan, 58, Pauline, 56, and Julie, who’s 49.

The couple have 10 grandchildren plus nine great-grandchildren.

Larry and Jean plan to celebrate their landmark anniversary with a family get-together in Weymouth. In total, they will spend the weekend with 37 family members and friends.

‘There are so many of us it’s just so we can all spend some quality time together because there are quite a few of us now,’ says Susan.

‘Also on the actual day of their anniversary we’re probably going to go out for a meal with just the immediate family.’

The family also sent off Jean and Larry’s marriage certificate to Buckingham Palace, so they’re hoping the Queen will have sent a telegram of congratulations.

Now living in Bedhampton, Larry is a full-time carer for Jean.