Well known Attleborough couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

A well-known couple within south Norfolk's farming community have been celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Roy and Dorothy Melton, of Fairfield Drive, Attleborough, bought nearby Lyng Farm six years after they married and farmed on the site for 50 years before retiring to their current home.

As well as farming, Mr Melton, now 82, and originally from Great Ellingham, did national service in the RAF, while his future bride, now 84 and originally from Bunwell, worked as a shorthand typist in Norwich before her marriage.

On the secret to a successful marriage, Mrs Melton, said: 'I'm not sure there is a secret but I think it's give as well as take.'

Throughout the years, the pair have thrown themselves into many local clubs and organisations with Mr Melton having played cricket for Spooner Row for many years and having been chairman of Rocklands Cricket Club until recently.

The dedicated Norwich City fan, who retains a season ticket, is also a continuing member of Attleborough Probus Club.

Mrs Melton has previously undertaken voluntary work at the Wayland Hospital, the Attleborough meals on wheels scheme, the town's former Silver Thread Club and the Chapel Road School playgroup.

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She is still a member of the Attleborough WI, the Norfolk Farm Womens' Club and collects for the Royal British Legion poppy appeal each year.

They have three daughters – Christine, Jenny and Sandra – and four grandchildren. The couple enjoyed a party to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday, asking people to donate money to the Big C cancer charity rather than bringing gifts.

Mr Melton's sister, Olga Bradshaw said: 'We love them dearly, both are always helping elderly neighbours, their children and their families.'

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