The golden anniversary of Edna and David Kingswell was a moving occasion as well as a time to celebrate.
The Portsmouth couple had a wonderful time with their many friends and relatives at the Lysses House Hotel in Fareham.
But they also took the opportunity to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, in memory of Edna’s sister Olive who died of the condition and to mark Edna’s own recovery from breast cancer.
‘Because of losing my sister it was not really the best time for a big anniversary this year. But of course we were thinking about her,’ says Edna, who has recovered but still has regular check-ups.
It was important to mark their anniversary with close friends and family because everyone rallied when Edna was seriously ill. ‘David was wonderful and we’re very lucky to have a good crowd of friends, everyone was so supportive,’ says Edna.
Guests were given gifts at the table of either a Breast Cancer Care brooch or ribbon tie pin.
David paid a romantic tribute to his wife, adapting the poem A Good Wedding Cake.
And the couple’s sons Adrian and Nicholas made everyone laugh with funny memories and observations during their speeches.
Edna, 71, and 74-year-old David met when she worked at Petersfield telephone exchange and he was an engineer for GPO (later British Telecom).
They were married at St Peter’s Church in Petersfield.
The couple have two grandchildren.