Non-dancer puts best foot forward to find happiness

Kenneth and Dorothy Lavington celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary
Kenneth and Dorothy Lavington celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

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Kenneth Lavington was an avid follower of the darts team at The Nine Elms pub in Old Commercial Road.

So it wasn’t long before he spotted a girl called Dorothy, who used to visit with her parents.

Kenneth and Dorothy Lavington on their wedding day

Kenneth and Dorothy Lavington on their wedding day

One day he asked her father if he could take her to a dance. He agreed and Dorothy happily went with him, but there was one small problem – Kenneth couldn’t dance.

Luckily it didn’t change the way they felt and two years later they were married at All Saint’s Church on March 29, 1952.

At the time, Dorothy worked in a corset factory. Kenneth has been a painter and decorator his whole life.

The couple, who live in Mile End, went on to have two children Jacqueline, 58, and Christopher, 55.

They also have four grandchildren, Philip, Darren, Nicola and Jack, and eight great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Sam, Harriet, Lewis, Jaydon, Lily-Anne, Josh and Reanne.

To celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary Kenneth, 85, and Dorothy, 79, went out for lunch on the day.

They were really pleased when they received a telegram from the Queen giving her congratulations for the special day.

And on Saturday they also had a big party with all their family and friends at the Stamshaw Lake Angling Club in North End.