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Golden wedding – and a reunion of army pals too
5:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A VALE couple combined their 50th anniversary with a reunion as they raised hundreds of pounds for an Evesham charity.
Former Journal employee Barbara Sadler and husband Austin, of Green Close in Honeybourne, marked their golden wedding anniversary on August 31 with a celebration at the village’s Railway Club.
Nearly 100 friends and family attended, with some of the guests seeing each other for the first time in almost 60 years as Austin’s army pals were reunited.
Mrs Sadler, aged 71, who has lived in Honeybourne all her life, said: “We met in Willersey. I had been to the youth club with my friend and her father played piano in the Bell Inn. We went in there and I met Austin. I think it was love at first sight.”
Mr Sadler, 79, popped the question on a bus back from Portsmouth.
“It came out of the blue,” said Mrs Sadler. “We were married the day after my 21st birthday in Honeybourne Church.”
The pair have three sons, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs Sadler said: “We also had a reunion at the party for Austin and his army pals.
They drove ambulances during the war and were stationed in Bergen in Germany.”
The couple donated £641 to the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust instead of receiving gifts.
Founder Sue Sollis said: “I am extremely grateful to Barbara and Austin for their wonderful gesture.”
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