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Radstock couple raise cash for 60th wedding anniversary

Radstock couple Doreen and John Doughty showed they had hearts of diamond and not gold by celebrating their 60th wedding with a gift for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Instead of anniversary presents the couple asked family and friends for donations to the Forever Friends Appeal instead. In doing so the pair raised £570 for the Intensive Therapy Unit.

The couple feel a strong commitment to the Royal United Hospital and the unit, having needed their help on many occasions over the years.

Mrs Doughty was admitted to the Bath care unit 20 years ago following a heart attack and is grateful to all of the staff there who helped to save her life. Mr Doughty then suffered two heart attacks two years ago and once again the pair required the help of the RUH.

Mr and Mrs Doughty said they wanted to give something back to the RUH for all that staff had done to help them.

Mrs Doughty, originally from Hastings, was evacuated to Paulton with her family at the age of six during the Second World War.

She recalls arriving by train and her family sleeping on floors anywhere until a home could be found for them.

She and Mr Doughty, from Tyning, met in 1951 while following the tradition of the day when young people from the area spent their Sunday evenings walking up and down Midsomer Norton High Street.

Mrs Doughty said: “I met John as he came out of the fish shop at the top of the High Street. I don’t know about love at first sight but we have been married 60 years ago.”

The couple married at St Nicholas Church in Radstock and made their home in the town.

Mrs Doughty worked at Bailey’s in Paulton, which was a shoe factory before moving to the Clark’s factory in Westfield when it opened.

After she married she worked at Radstock Co-op.

Mr Doughty was a miner at Haydon before moving to the waggon repairs business in Radstock.

Now both retired the couple have three children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Lydia McGivern, community fundraiser at the Forever Friends Appeal, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet John and Doreen and hear all about their wonderful diamond wedding. They are an absolutely lovely couple and we are so grateful to them for supporting us with these generous donations.”

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