Couple celebrate 50 years in style

Published on: 28 Mar 2016


A DOWNEND couple are raising their glasses to celebrate 50 years of marriage.
Barbara and John Freeman met on a blind date and haven’t looked back since.
The couple, who have lived in the area more than 40 years, decided to pull out all the stops to mark their special anniversary and spent a weekend at the glamorous Ritz Hotel in London.
As well as tucking into the hotel’s famous afternoon tea, they toured the sights of the capital and watched the West End production of Jersey Boys.
Before the couple left for London, daughter-in-law Natalie, who also lives in Downend, prepared up a slap up meal for all the family.
Barbara, 68, a science technician at Bristol Metropolitan Academy, and John, 70, who used to work as a charge hand plumber for South Gloucestershire Council, have three children, Lee, Dale and Kye and two grandchildren, Madeline and Ava.
Barbara said: “My husband was in the army and came home at weekends and that’s when we met. It was a blind date and as soon as we met, we just clicked. Now, 50 years down the line, we’re still together and have always been very happy.”
The celebrations aren’t quite over for the golden couple; they are looking forward to a cruise of the Bahamas this summer.

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