Party leaves Stan and Doris feeling special

Stan and Doris Ball. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132274-1)
Stan and Doris Ball. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132274-1)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Stan Ball grew up in the next street to Doris Mills, but the pair didn’t meet until they were adults.

From that moment, though, Stan and Doris clicked and were married three years later at St James Church, Milton.

Now, the couple are celebrating 60 years of married life and marked their diamond wedding with a big party at the Royal Marines Association Club in Portsmouth.

‘Stan grew up in the road next to me but I never knew him.

‘But of course as children we were evacuated during the war so we weren’t in Portsmouth for all that time,’ explains Doris.

The couple finally met, when Doris was 20 and Stan 23, at a social club dance in Portsmouth.

After marriage they settled in Portsmouth and have lived in the city all their lives. Before retirement Stan was a coachbuilder and Doris worked as a machinist at the Twilfit factory in Portsmouth.

More than 100 friends and relatives helped the couple celebrate at the party, organised by their daughter Janice and grandsons Gary and Adam.

There was a hog roast, a jazz band and, of course, a special anniversary cake.

‘It was lovely, everyone made us feel really special,’ says Doris.