Holiday treat for Carole and Cyril’s 50th anniversary

Carole and Cyril Clark
Carole and Cyril Clark
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Carole and Cyril Clark were treated to a holiday in Yorkshire by their children to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

The couple, who live in Waterlooville, first met through a friend.

Cyril and Carole Clark

Cyril and Carole Clark

They were married at St Mary’s Church in Fratton in 1962 and lived in Portsmouth until they moved to Waterlooville in 1973.

But their wedding anniversary wasn’t the couple’s only recent celebration, as Carole has just marked her 70th birthday.

On her birthday she was visited by a constant stream of friends and family and went for a Chinese meal in the evening.

Carole and 74-year-old Cyril have one son Darren, 45, and a daughter Julie, 43. They also have three grandchildren, Charlotte, 13, Charis, 15, and Ryan, who’s 10.

Carole worked as an accounts clerk for many years while Cyril worked for for the Metal Box Company and then for Wicks.

The couple held a big party at home to mark the double celebration – with family and friends coming from as far away as Kent and London.

Carole’s parents, Harry and Peggy Longley, who are both 91, also attended the party.

Carole and Cyril were treated to a coach holiday to Scarborough by their children.

Julie says: ‘At the party, mum made a buffet for all the family and everyone had a great time on the day.

‘My parents were really looking forward to going on their holiday and loved it.’