A RETIRED couple were treated to a surprise visit from the town’s Mayor last week when they marked their 70th wedding anniversary.
Joan and Stan Bentall, who live at Bourne Court, The Bourne, in the Old Town, held a party for family and friends from around the world, as well as neighbours last Wednesday (November 21) to celebrate the occasion.
Mayor Alan Roberts presented the couple with a crystal engraved posy bowl during the tea party.
After the visit he said: “It was a pleasure to and meet Stan and Joan. It was also great to see how happy they are after 70 years and join in the celebrations. I do hope to be back to congratulate them on their 100th anniversary!”
Mrs Bentall met Stan in 1940 during the Second World War.
She said: “I was walking over to the next village one day with a friend after some bombs had hit and we went to see the devastation.
“As we were walking over two soldiers were coming the opposite way and one of them was Stan. We’ve been together ever since.”
Her husband said: “On our wedding day my mother had said to Joan it will never last, but it did. It’s lovely to have our family and friends around us on this day and the Queen even sent us a card! It was a really lovely day.”
On Wednesday Reginald Holdstock, 100, and his 97-year-old wife Louisa, who live in Bethune Court, St Leonards, marked 77 years of matrimony at a party at the care home with relatives and friends.
The two met in Di Marco’s Cafe, in Wellington Place in 1935, and were married in the same year at Emmanuel Church, in St Leonards.
They have lived in the area ever since.