Years have flown by

CELEBRATION Elizabeth and Peter Baldwin, inset, on their wedding day.
CELEBRATION Elizabeth and Peter Baldwin, inset, on their wedding day.

From broken bones to new beginnings

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This couple have a chance meeting to thank for 50 happy years of marriage.

Elizabeth and Peter Baldwin celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Friday.

CELEBRATION Elizabeth and Peter Baldwin on their wedding day.

CELEBRATION Elizabeth and Peter Baldwin on their wedding day.

Family travelled from as far away as Yorkshire to wish them well when they marked the milestone with a dinner party at The Churchillian pub on Portsdown Hill.

And for the couple, from Bedhampton, it was a great occasion to remember all the special times they’ve shared.

Peter and Elizabeth were only teenagers when they bumped into each other for the very first time.

It was 1958 and Peter and a friend had travelled from Havant to Emsworth on their bicycles.

‘We saw these two girls in the fish shop,’ remembers Peter.

‘We got chatting, the way you did in those days.

‘We saw them, followed them for a while and that’s where it started.

‘We’d just happened to go out on our bikes on this particular evening.

‘It was a chance meeting that went from there.’

The couple got engaged a year later and tied the knot on December 30, 1961.

They were both 19 when Elizabeth walked down the aisle at Emsworth’s St James’s Church to meet her groom.

‘It was nice and dry on the day of the wedding but it snowed on the day we went on honeymoon,’ says Peter.

‘For the first and only time in my life I got flu – on my honeymoon.’

Peter and Elizabeth settled down into married life and went on to have two children, Tracey and Christopher.

For many years, Peter worked as a bus driver for Portsmouth Corporation before he became a taxi driver.

Elizabeth worked in an office and as a shop assistant but both are now retired.

With five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, there’s always plenty going on.

And they were delighted to be surrounded by so many family members when they celebrated their wedding anniversary.

‘It’s nice to have all the grandchildren together at one time,’ says Peter.

‘My boy lives in Yorkshire with his three children so we don’t see them as often as we’d like.’

He adds: ‘It makes you wonder where the time has gone.

‘We don’t look quite the same but we feel the same.’