Jack and Edwina walk down the aisle once more

Jack and Edwina Knight
Jack and Edwina Knight
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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It was while living in the same block of flats in Portsmouth that Edwina Banks and Jack Knight fell in love. Edwina first caught sight of Jack when she was just 13 years old and she decided right there and then that she was going to marry that man.

Four years later, and after Edwina had permission from her parents as she was only 17 years old, they were married at St Mary’s Church in Fratton on March 14, 
1953.

As money was tight at the time, many people clubbed together their ration books to get food for the wedding.

Edwina’s grandmother made the wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses, and there were no flowers in the church because it was Lent.

Edwina and Jack, who now live in Leigh Park, went on to have two children, Alison and Andrew, and five grandchildren Toby, Oliver, Thomas, Anna and Jenny-May.

To celebrate the couple’s diamond wedding anniversary, their family pretended to take them out for a meal but actually drove them to the church they were married in so they could walk down the aisle once more.

Edwina carried a bouquet of flowers, and afterwards the family went for fish and chips at The Still and West, Old Portsmouth.