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‘Playmates’ celebrate diamond anniversary

June and George Chapman who celebrate their diamond wedding a anniversary on March 6.

June and George Chapman who celebrate their diamond wedding a anniversary on March 6.

Loving great-great grandparents George and June Chapman, who met almost 80 years ago when they became neighbours, are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

George, 83, and June, 80, met when George moved into a house on Peveril Street in Ilkeston in 1935.

They have now been married for six decades and celebrate their anniversary today

The couple live together in the house June grew up in and the property has now seen three generations of children.

“We were known as the rough and ready kids, parents warned their kids off me and my siblings when we moved in,” said George. “Particularly June’s mum.

“June’s mother died when she was 12 so my mum used to looks after her while her dad was at work, it went from there.”

They got married on Saturday March 6 1954 at the former Ilkeston Registry Office, which is now the Queen’s Counsel pub. They celebrated with friends with a nine gallon barrel of ale and three-tier wedding cake. Their wedding featured in the ‘Tiser under the headline, ‘Playmates wed.’

June said: “I sold my bicycle for that cake. Back then we had nothing, so it was all very special.”

The pair have one child, Margaret Lamb, 56, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

“The secret to our success is family and doing things together,” they said.

The pair plan to celebrate with family at Morley Hayes hotel on Sunday.

 

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