This marriage is full of love

Gary and Maureen Fullilove''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132937-756)
Gary and Maureen Fullilove''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132937-756)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Maureen Fullilove wasn’t sure about her new surname when she was married 50 years ago.

But now that she and husband Gary are celebrating their golden wedding, the unusual name seems wonderfully appropriate.

Gary and Maureen Fullilove  on their wedding day at St Mary's Church, Fratton in 1963.

Gary and Maureen Fullilove on their wedding day at St Mary's Church, Fratton in 1963.

The couple met at Ricky’s nightclub in Goldsmith Avenue, Portsmouth. Maureen’s friend was meeting one of Gary’s friends and Gary and Maureen ended up dancing.

‘He looked very handsome in his maverick tie and with his black crinkly hair,’ says Maureen. ‘He didn’t speak much though, not for about three dances. In the end I asked him “do you have a voice?”.’

After that they got along brilliantly, meeting at the night club again the following week and talking a lot more.

They were eventually married on Maureen’s 21st birthday at St Mary’s Church in Fratton. Gary was 23 when they tied the knot.

The couple have two sons and one grandson. During their working life Gary was a panel beater and had his own garage, before working on an MOD contract at Portsmouth Aviation. Maureen worked for the Co-op for 21 years.

They spent their anniversary in the Isle of Wight and then threw a big party for friends and family in their garden.

Maureen says: ‘My name was Spratt before and then I became a Fullilove and thought “my goodness I don’t know about this”. But I’ve got used to it now and quite like it.’