Former Land Girl and soldier celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Gladys and Reginald Tyrrell. who celebrate their 60 wedding anniversary.

Gladys and Reginald Tyrrell. who celebrate their 60 wedding anniversary. - Credit: Archant

WIMBLINGTON couple Gladys and Reginald Tyrrell, who met while working in a grocery store, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at the weekend with a family party.

Gladys and Reginald Tyrrell. who celebrate their 60 wedding anniversary.

Gladys and Reginald Tyrrell. who celebrate their 60 wedding anniversary. - Credit: Archant

The couple were married at St Alban’s Church in South Norwood on April 6 1953, and came to live in Cambridgeshire when they retired 22 years ago.

Glady, 85, remembers: “We met in 1950, when Reginald worked as a butcher and I worked in the office at Sainbury’s at Stretham Hill. We were married three years later, and I couldn’t have wished for a better husband.”

Reginald, now 86, spent some of his childhood in Barnardo’s. “He had a hard start, but we have had a wonderful life together,” added Gladys.

When just 17 years old, Gladys joined the Women’s Land Army, and worked on farms in the Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire for three years. Reginald completed two years of National Service with the army. Both were members of the Wimblington branch of the Royal British Legion before it disbanded.


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The couple have three children, David who lives in Holland, Kevin who lives in Bishop’s Stortford, and Vivien who lives in Comberton.

Reginald enjoys gardening, and Gladys is keen on craft work, knitting, crocheting, and making greetings cards..

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Gladys said: “The secret of 60 years of happy marriage is to share everything, and to give and take.”

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