Search

School sweethearts from Hornchurch celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

17:45 02 April 2013

Diamond wedding anniversary 

Janet and Charlie Oates, who have been married for 60 years.

Diamond wedding anniversary Janet and Charlie Oates, who have been married for 60 years.

Archant

A couple who were school sweethearts have celebrated more than 60 years together.

Janet and Charlie Oates, of Shelley Avenue, Hornchurch, marked their diamond wedding anniversary last Thursday with a dinner with their close family.

Janet, now 79, met Charlie, 81, when they were 15 and 17 respectively at school in Plaistow. After nine months together they got engaged before Charlie joined the Army.

Janet said: “He thought he was going abroad, but he was based in Cornwall. We got married four years later after he completed two years in the Army.”

The couple married at St Andrew’s Church in Plaistow on March 28, 1953 and lived in Plaistow before moving to Havering.

Janet worked as a dress maker until she had their first child, Janice. When she returned to work she worked as a canteen assistant at McCarthy’s, Keddies in Romford Market, and Roomes in Upminster.

Charlie worked as a telephone operator and was a supervisor for Romford Telephone Exchange.

They have three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Janet said the secret to their long and happy marriage was understanding and communication.

She said: “It’s about pulling together and just being good friends, agreeing and always talking things through. If you are making any decisions, talk them through first. And it’s important to not only understand each other, but listen to each other too.”

They celebrated their anniversary at the Shepherd and Dog with their close family.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 10:08
Members of the Habbit Factory

A friendly and inclusive drama group are inviting children of all abilities to join.

Fri, 19:51
Travellers who set up camp in the closed park in OldChurch Road, Romford.

One man was arrested on suspicion of fly tipping and criminal damage as travellers were moved on from Oldchurch Park early this morning (Friday)

Fri, 18:29
Tony Cottee celebrates a goal for West Ham

West Ham “legend” Tony Cottee, will be visiting The Liberty Shopping Centre tomorrow for the opening of a betting shop.

Fri, 14:14
Officers line South Street as they prepare for revellers to leave Fiction nightclub

Sat in a police van, officers switch their gaze up and down Romford town centre watching for any disorder.

Fri, 13:59
Walthamstow Coroner's Court

A father-of-three whose body was found in a tree at a Romford school had a history of depression, an inquest has heard.

Fri, 13:25
Essex and East London Tangent club

If you are a woman interested in forming friendships and giving back to the community through charity work, then this club could be for you.

Travellers who set up camp in the closed park in OldChurch Road, Romford.

A group of travellers were moved on from Oldchurch Park, Oldchurch Road, Romford, in the early hours of this morning by police.

Fri, 12:00
Residents of Ravenscourt Grove are upset that their homes may be deomolished

Relatives of older people living in sheltered housing have spoken of their concern after it was revealed many sites may be demolished or renovated.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now