Ex-drummer of the Trevor Copeman band in Norwich gets a new look to celebrate diamond wedding annivesary

A double celebration spurred Salle-Ann Ashley from Hethersett to nominate her mum and dad for a Life Matters makeover. Emma Harrowing followed them on their makeover day.

Sixty years ago teenager Colin Copeman had his Sea Cadet cap whipped off his head by a young sprightly girl who laughed and jumped on the passing bus, her hand clasping his head wear. Quick as a flash he jumped on the bus to reclaim his hat and the rest was history.

'That was how we met and we have been together ever since' says 79-year-old Pauline Copeman from Caistor St Edmund.

'Many people who know the story say that I must have been a bit of a tease to steal his hat and make him run after me – and I suppose I was!'

This year, Colin and Pauline are celebrating 60 years of marriage, which is quite fitting considering that their diamond wedding anniversary falls in the same year as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


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'We are having a garden party at the end of August to celebrate,' says Pauline.

'All of our family from our three children and six grandchildren to our great grandchild will be there to mark the occasion.'

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This is not the only big event the Copemans are celebrating, as both turn 80 this year.

'We got married when we were in our 20s,' says Colin, known to many as Trevor Copeman of the Trevor Copeman band, a big band in Norwich from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

'Back then we played alongside everyone from Irish singer of the '50s and '60s Ruby Murray to Status Quo and Engelbert Humperdinck, who was known by his real name, Gerry Dorsey, at the time.

'We played big band numbers and the top ten songs from the hit parade to keep audiences dancing in venues such as the Samson and Hercules and Lido Ballroom in Norwich and Tiffany's and the Tower Ballroom in Great Yarmouth.

'It really was a wonderful time.'

With this year being a double celebration for Pauline and Colin, daughter Salle-Ann nominated her parents for a Life Matters makeover.

'This will be a real treat for them both,' says Salle-Ann.

'I even think dad will have fun!'

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