Diamond day for Valentine couple
PUBLISHED: 13:21 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 07 July 2010
When teenager Vic Edgeley was working as an errand boy he cast his eyes on young Pam Kendle and decided: "She's the one for me."
He plucked up courage to ask her out and they went to the pictures at Fakenham.
When teenager Vic Edgeley was working as an errand boy he cast his eyes on young Pam Kendle and decided: “She's the one for me.”
He plucked up courage to ask her out and they went to the pictures at Fakenham. It was the start of a romance which was sealed a few years later when they were married on St Valentine's Day, 1948.
Sixty years and seven children later they are today celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
“We were both 16 and working at the old Universal Supplies store on Norwich Street and I had my eye on Pam and thought to myself: 'She's the one for me'. I remember taking her to the station and on the way asked for a first kiss,” said Vic, now 80.
Pam couldn't help reminding her husband that she had made a date to go out with his friend two days before their own date! “I didn't go and instead went out with Vic on the Saturday to the pictures,” she said.
The couple were married at Fakenham Parish Church - and it was a white wedding in more ways than one because snow covered the ground.
They set up home in Jubilee Avenue with Vic's father before moving to a cottage at Hempton. They moved to their present home in Green-way Lane when it was newly built and have lived there for 53 years.
Vic worked for the same store for 50 years, starting as an errand boy and retiring as manager. The couple went on to have four sons and three daughters: Michael, Richard, Peter and Timothy, Janice, Jennifer and Rachael. They have 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Vic believes the secret to a long and happy marriage is to keep the romance alive.
“I think you need to carry on courting your sweetheart during your married life. You have to keep chatting them up!” he said.