Ted and May celebrate wedding anniversary six decades after meeting at Bungay fair
19:00 28 March 2014
The wedding car broke down and the meal was ruined but love has ensured this Norfolk couple’s happy marriage has lasted.
Edwards and May Firman, of Leeds Way, Horning, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.
The couple met in 1953 when they bumped into each other at the Bungay May Fair.
“Me and my mate were going from the pub to have a look at the fair and there were three girls leaving,” said Edward, known as Ted, who came from neighbouring Ilketshall St John.
“They were April, May and June. May and I met the next weekend and started courting. We were married the next year, on May 27, 1954 at Lowestoft.”
The wedding day “didn’t exactly go as planned,” said 77-year-old May, a Bungay girl who worked at the town laundry.
The taxi transporting her, her mother and Ted’s mother broke down on the side of the road, leaving guests wondering where the blushing bride had got to, and at the reception there was a mix up with the food so guests had nothing but ham and tomatoes to eat.
Despite the hiccups, Ted and May have happy memories of their day with friends and family.
After tying the knot, the couple moved to Flixton but Ted worked as a cowman on farms throughout Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex for 30 years, the Firman’s moved house 24 times before finally settling in Horning.
He later worked as a milkman and was his own boss when he delivered bread. His last job before retiring was a street cleaner in Wroxham.
“I had the old barrow that had the ‘Ted 1’ plate and I won awards,” he said.
“It was the cleanest village in Norfolk.”
The Firman’s raised four children: Edward, Linda, Gary and David.
“We once had our fortune told by a gypsy woman in Yarmouth,” said Ted, 85.
“She said we’d have four children, that we’d never be rich but we wouldn’t be short of money either.”
The couple believe those predictions came true and agreed that the secret to their long, happy marriage was being content - and not having too many arguments.
They marked their Diamond anniversary with a meal at Salhouse Lodge last Sunday - this time travelling in a red limo that did not break down, and celebrated again yesterday with a family meal.