Colin and Olive Bowles, who met at Ely Fair in 1964, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Friday

Colin and Olive Bowles celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Friday, Picture: Steve Williams

Colin and Olive Bowles celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Friday, Picture: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

An Ely couple is celebrating ahead of their golden wedding anniversary this Friday, February 12.

Colin and Olive Bowles on their wedding day

Colin and Olive Bowles on their wedding day - Credit: Archant

Colin, who was born in Ely and Olive, born in Littleport, met at Ely Fair on May 24 1964.

The secret to a long marriage, they said, is “learning to give and take”.

“We don’t always agree with each other,” Colin added.

They have two children; Andy and Julie, three grandchildre; Daniel, Charlotte and Sophie, and three great grandchildren; Elliot, Blake and Zachary.


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The couple who met in 1966 and married at Littleport St George’s Church are looking forward to holding a party to mark the occasion in the summer.

“I was the baby of the family,” said Olive, who was a book keeper and worked at Cheffin’s Estate Agency for 25 years before retiring. “So my father pushed the boat out a bit,” she added.

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Colin, meanwhile, has not worked since 1990 because of health issues, but used to work as a transport manager for a scaffolding company.

Together they enjoy fishing, walking and “Colin plays with his cameras,” said Olive.

Last year, the keen gardeners were also awarded Allotment of the Year.

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