Couple who married at height of ‘flower power’ head to Ely to renew their wedding vows to celebrate their 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 21:02 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:02 16 September 2018

Cambridgeshire couple Adrian and Jenny (left) celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary with renewal of marriage vows at Ely. Left: The couple oin their wedding day

Cambridgeshire couple Adrian and Jenny (left) celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary with renewal of marriage vows at Ely. Left: The couple oin their wedding day

Archant

A Cambridgeshire couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at Ely registration office.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

Adrian and Jenny met in Birmingham in 1966 and originally tied the knot half a century ago at Cambridge Registration Office in September 1968.

Adrian of Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, initially arranged the renewal of vows as a surprise for his wife Jenny, but decided to let her in on his plans a few weeks ago as he didn’t want it to be too much of a shock on the day.

Adrian said: “When I first thought of renewing our vows after 50 years I did not think it was that unusual, and I never dreamed that anybody would be at all interested.

“I first met Jenny in 1966. It was the time of ‘Flower Power’ and ‘hippies’ and like many other kids at the time I had decided to grow my hair, get a sleeping bag and hitch-hike around England with no worries.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

“On one of these hitch-hiking adventures my friend and I decided to travel up to Birmingham and while I was there I met Jenny.

“It was in the old Bull Ring Shopping Centre - I asked her for some money to make a phone call and that was it. 50 years later and I have never paid her that phone call money back!”

Adrian returned to Cambridge after about a month and kept in contact with Jenny. One day there was a knock on his parents’ door and there she was - Jenny had come down to Cambridge for the weekend to visit, and never really went back!

Adrian said: “We lived with my parents and then finally got married in 1968. I was 19 and she was 18. We got married at Cambridge Register Office on September 7 and afterwards went back to my parents’ house with about 10 close friends.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

“Being young when we got married we did not worry about taking photos. We went on to have two lovely children, Tracy and Balyn, and two wonderful grandchildren Tyler and Kyle. We are very proud of them and they have given us much happiness over the years.”

Adrian and Jenny put their name on the council waiting list for a house while living with his parents, and finally got a house in Cherry Hinton.

Daughter Tracy, who was one of the ceremony guests said in her speech: “50 years WOW! Two truly amazing people who I am proud to call my mum and dad - truly unique parents and amazing grandparents and we cannot thank you enough for all you have both done for us all.”

To celebrate over half a century together, the couple are taking a second honeymoon to Spain.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

Registration service manager, Louise Clover said “We always welcome vow renewal ceremonies, and love to hear from couples who originally got married in Cambridgeshire and are choosing to renew their vows with us.

“It’s not often we get surprise ceremonies booked in, so we were very excited to meet the couple on the day and try and find out what their secret to a long and happy marriage is!

“We would like to congratulate Adrian and Jenny on reaching this milestone and wish them many more happy years together.”

As well as the renewal of vow, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies the Registration Service can also provide naming ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a child welcome an adopted child into a family or bring two families together after a couple marry.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

All ceremonies can be held in council ceremony rooms or other approved premises and have no religious content. More details, helpful videos and online booking forms can be found on the council’s ceremonies website.

Ely registration office will be moving to the new Cambridgeshire Archives Centre, Angel Drove in Ely, from autumn 2019. Ceremony bookings up to 31 July 2019 will be at the current office and ceremony bookings from 1 September 2019 will be at the new office. For ceremonies in August 2019, please email ceremonies@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The move will increase the availability of registration service appointments for births, deaths and notices from three to five days per week.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend.

Adrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend. The early yearsAdrian and Jenny celebrated 50 happy years of marriage by renewing their vows at Ely Registration Office last weekend. The early years

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:44

Owners of a Haddenham house unknowingly being used to grow cannabis thanked police “for all their good work and commend them on their professionalism in dealing with this complex situation”.

Yesterday, 15:15

A schoolboy, who organised two football matches for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), netting £22,509, is to cut the ribbon at the charity’s new shop in Ely.

Yesterday, 17:58

Will they go all the way? Well you’ll have to get tickets to The Full Monty in Ely to find out.

Yesterday, 11:56

An 83-year-old Cambridgeshire man who was jailed for 18 sexual offences against four girls has had his prison term increased by seven years after an appeal against his sentence.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy