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A couple who met when they were working at Staythorpe Power Station celebrated their diamond wedding on Thursday.

Terry Marriott, 83 and his wife, Maisie, 84, of Swinburne Close, Balderton, were married at Holy Trinity Church, Southwell, at 9.30am on November 29 1958.

“I remember it was a rather foggy day,” said Mr Marriott.

Terry and Maisie Marriott (5638877)
Terry and Maisie Marriott (5638877)

They wanted an early morning ceremony to enable them to have a reception with their guests in Southwell and then catch the lunchtime train to Torquay for their honeymoon.

They spent a week there and have returned many times since for happy holidays as well as time abroad.

Mr Marriott grew up in Newark and was a pupil at the Magnus Boys Grammar School.

He left when he was 17 and worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board, at Staythorpe Power Station. After a year he was called up to do his National Service and spent three years in the RAF.

When he was demobbed he returned to the power station, where he was a technical records clerk, and where Maisie worked as the secretary to the chief clerk.

They continued to work there until their wedding. They then took over Marriotts, a grocery shop, off-licence and general stores on a corner of Sleaford Road, Newark, which had previously been run by Mr Marriott’s parents Charlie and Nancy.

They ran it for ten years and lived above the shop.

Mr Marriott also worked in the housing department of Newark Borough Council. He moved to Kelham Hall in 1974 after local government reorganisation and continued to work there until he retired in 1991.

The couple lived on London Road before moving to Barnby Lane and then Valley Prospect where they lived for 23 years. They moved to their present bungalow eight years ago.

The couple have three daughters, Gaye, Jill and Zoe.

“Raising our daughters has been our biggest achievement,” said Mrs Marriott.

They also have four grandsons, Ricky Skelley, Rory Halliday, Dominic Medley and Jack Medley.

The couple said that when they were younger they used to enjoy dancing.

They say that, like any couple, they have the occasional argument and the secret to their successful marriage has been good communication and sharing.

“We’re really good friends, we don’t have secrets,” said Mr Marriott,

The couple plan to celebrate at the weekend with a surprise celebration arranged by their family.

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