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50 years of wedded bliss for Midsomer Norton couple who support the Appeal

A couple who met at the former Palladium cinema in Midsomer Norton have celebrated their golden wedding by helping good causes.

Edwin and Pat James, who live at Welton Grove in the town, asked for donations instead of presents and raised £640 which will be go to the heart unit at Bath Royal United Hospital and the Forever Friends appeal for the new Cancer Centre.

Pat was just 16 when she met Edwin, who is four years older, at the cinema and the pair conducted their courtship with further visits to the movies and dances at Bob’s Palais in the town.

The couple saved hard for their first home in Rackvernal Road, in Midsomer Norton, before marrying at St John’s Church in the town on March 30, 1964.

Edwin, who is now 75, said that back then their focus had been on saving for their first home together as a couple, rather than splashing out on a fancy wedding or an exotic honeymoon.

He said: “We didn’t have a honeymoon as everything went into the house which cost us £1,700 all those years ago.”

Edwin worked on a farm in his home village of Farrington Gurney before joining Purnells, where he worked for 33 years.

Pat, now aged 71, worked at the Standard Cheque Company in Welton before leaving to have their son Martin.

The couple both enjoy playing skittles in their spare time and while Edwin occupies himself with DIY and playing cards, Pat prefers doing puzzles and flower arranging.

They celebrated their special anniversary at the Court Hotel, Emborough surrounded by their friends and family.

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