THEY were married in 1965 and now this couple have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by meeting the cast of 60s musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts.
It was a trip down memory lane for Sue and Philip Downer who were surprised by their three daughters when they were treated to a night out at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
We just had the best time. We didn’t expect this at allSue Downer
The couple were taken out for a meal and then to the theatre.
And at the end of the show, they were taken backstage to meet the cast.
Sue, 67, said: ‘It was a lovely surprise. We didn’t know anything about it. They told us not to do anything and to keep the day free.
‘We were teenagers when that music was out.
‘The 60s was the best time. The music was great.
‘We were lucky when we were kids. Growing up there were lots of clubs to go to. There were lots of places to go.
‘We just had the best time. We didn’t expect this at all.
‘It was very nice to meet the cast. They have lovely voices. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’
The couple were married on August 6, 1965 at Fareham Register Office.
The couple, who live in Lester Road in Gosport, now have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The surprise was organised by their daughters Maria Blackman, 49, Josephine Burr, 49, and Bridget Downer, 44.
Philip, 68, said: ‘The real stars of the show were our daughters.
‘We want to say thank you to them.
‘They organised it very well. We had a great time.
‘It’s a memory that will stay with us. It was lovely.
‘It was very sentimental. We knew all the words to the songs. It was a lovely day. It’s lovely to have been married for 50 years. We have always worked well together.’
Emily Dumelow, from the Kings Theatre, said: ‘Mr and Mrs Downer really enjoyed the show and knew every word to every song.
‘As it was such a big celebration, we were keen to make their experience that little bit more special by taking them backstage after the show to meet the cast and see the set.
‘It was a lovely surprise for them both.’