Diamond Boxing day for pair

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Local couple Clive and Dorothy Morris celebrated 60 years of married life in the Old Town and Hastings on Boxing Day.

The couple were both born in Hastings and tied the knot at All Saints Church, in the Old Town, on Boxing Day 1955.

Dorothy was born in Brewery Cottages, where Roebuck Street is now, while Clive was brought up in Tin Town, Broomgrove.

The couple met when they were 16 years old through Clive’s involvement with the Boy’s Club, which was in Tackleway.

Clive wooed Dorothy by following on his bicycle as she travelled home on the tram.

They held their wedding reception at the Norfolk restaurant, which was opposite the boating lake on the seafront.

The newly married couple started their life together in Croft Road and later Clive built a bungalow at Barley Lane.

Twins Julie and Deborah were followed by Beverley and the couple now have six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Commenting on their early life together, Dorothy said: “We did not have a lot in those days but we were able to make our own entertainment.

Dorothy’s father was a local fisherman.

The couple lived through the Old Town clearance in the 1950’s which saw the area transformed with the creation of the Bourne road, which split the Old Town in two.

Part of the environment affected was the area known locally as ‘The Wilderness’ which stretched between the end of High Street and All Saints Street.

Dorothy said: “I used to play there as a child.”

The couple have played a full and active part in parish life over the years, involved in youth clubs, flower arranging and organising meetings.

Dorothy still runs the Monday Wives.

Clive was church warden for 40 years at All Saints and St Clements and played a key role in the internal renewal of the churches.

He has been a Magdalen Lasher charity trustee and was presented with the 1066 Award for service to the Old Town community and to Hastings.

Asked about the secret of a long, happy married life, the couple acknowledged the importance of ‘give and take’ but said that they were both active in shared interests and are still very much in love.

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