Southsea’s Mary and Sam celebrate 60 years of marriage

21/10/2011 (SF) DIAMOND WEDDING''Samuel Barnard and his wife Mary Barnard from Southsea celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 20th October 2011.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113769-8989)
21/10/2011 (SF) DIAMOND WEDDING''Samuel Barnard and his wife Mary Barnard from Southsea celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 20th October 2011.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113769-8989)
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Mary and Sam Barnard celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last week.

The couple were married on October 20, 1951, at All Saints Church in Bath.

21/10/2011 (SF) DIAMOND WEDDING''Samuel Barnard and his wife Mary Barnard on their wedding day on the 20th October 1951.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113769-3925)

21/10/2011 (SF) DIAMOND WEDDING''Samuel Barnard and his wife Mary Barnard on their wedding day on the 20th October 1951.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113769-3925)

They marked 60 years of marriage with a family gathering at Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Club earlier this month.

Mr and Mrs Barnard, from Southsea, met in Bath in 1947 when she was training as a midwife and nurse and he was training to be a physiotherapist.

After the wedding they settled in Portsmouth and went on to have four children, Deborah, Nicholas, Guy and Jane. They also have nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mr Barnard, a former Portsmouth Grammar School pupil, captained Havant Cricket Club in the 1970s while Mrs Barnard was a magistrate in Portsmouth for more than 20 years and a county commissioner for Hampshire East Girl Guides.

‘We’ve got lots of happy memories,’ adds Mrs Barnard.