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Corby couple celebrate 70th wedding anniversary with cake and homemade beer



A Corby couple will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary with a slice of Victoria sponge and a house beer to celebrate their 70th birthday together.

John and Betty Jess got married in the industrial town of New Lanark on the banks of the Clyde River, but the newlyweds chose Corby to raise their families.

Now seven decades later, unable to celebrate with a large gathering, family and friends will pass by their Hazel Leys home to mark the couple’s defining moment.

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Betty and John with their original wedding photo

Betty and John with their original wedding photo

Granddaughter Rionne Stevenson said: “They are always very happy but I’m sure they have their moments.

“What an incredible milestone and it is such a pleasure to be able to celebrate their special day with them. We can’t wait to celebrate with Grandpa’s house beer, sparkling wine and a homemade cake.

John, 94, and Betty, 88, married after completing war service – he was called up at age 19 and served from 1945 to 1948 as a chauffeur in the military.

The young couple moved to Corby in 1954 for the Steelworks, making their home the Hazel Leys Estate and raising their two children Stewart and Ann.

Betty and John were married on June 2, 1951

After the steel works, John started working at the John Carr factory on the Weldon industrial estate.

Betty has spent her career at Corby in a shoe factory and at RS Components. She spent her last days working at Finnegan’s Famous Cakes, where she had a blast with her friends Frances and Nolene before they finally retired together and spent over 20 years enjoying the company of the other.

After many years on the Hazel Leys estate they moved to Great Oakley, but six years later they returned to their original Hazel Leys street where they still reside today.

Passionate domino players, John and Betty were able to reunite with best friends Harry and Francis.

In addition to being passionate gardeners, the couple enjoy days in the car.

Rionne said: “They are both very independent and always have a car to spend days outside and they both love their garden, it keeps them alive. They give the Chelsea Flower Show a hard time. .

“All the grandchildren including Sam, Rionne and Vicki wish our ‘King and Queen’ a Happy Platinum Wedding Anniversary. We want to thank them for all they do for us, we love them very much. “

Betty and John have five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.



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