Golden joy for Observer man

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A FORMER Observer newspaper apprentice is making his own headlines by celebrating his golden wedding anniversary.

Robert Histed, 69, met his future wife Jill while at high school in Hastings and the pair became childhood sweethearts.

They tied the knot at the former St Clements Church in Priory Road on August 31, 1963.

The couple will celebrate with their family on September 14 in a special party at the Azur.

Robert was 17 when he started an apprenticeship at The Observer in the old Cambridge Road building. He trained as a book binder and later worked on gullotines in a career lasting 22 years.

Jill, now 67, worked in a jewellers shop in the town centre. They bought their first house in Rye Road. Jill then worked at a shop called Heaths Grocers in Priory Road. To earn extra money Robert set up a dance band called Hammond Plus and became lead singer.

In 1978 they bought the shop where Jill worked and four years later Robert joined Jill after being made redundant from the Observer. The pair ran Pop In Stores until 2001 when they retired. Daughter, Denise Killick, said: “The key to their marriage success has been total friendship.”