Diamond wedding for Sheringham Methodists
A couple who met at, married in and volunteer for the same Sheringham church have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Mike and June Hill met in 1952 at Sheringham Methodist Church after June was posted there as part of her training to be a sister for the National Children’s Home. The couple then married at the same church on April 21, 1956 on Mike’s 21st birthday.
Between 1959 and 1991, Mike, 81, worked as a retained fireman in the town which meant he was on call 24 hours a day. When he finished he was presented with a long service medal and a mounted axe for his time spent with the fire service. He also worked as an engineer alongside the fire service and retired aged 58. After this he became a self-employed painter and retired aged 64 when his last customer died.
June, 83, who is originally from the Isle of Wight, was a reader and pastoral visitor at the Methodist Church and also became the first woman steward in the church. Mike was also a steward and caretaker for many years.
Aside from his working life, since 1994 Mike has been a part of the Sheringham Shantymen taking him all over the world singing.
The couple, who have three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, celebrated their milestone with a family meal out and then a party at their home.
The above image of Mike and June is courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press (EDP)
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