Double celebration for happy couple

Bill and Bett celebrated at The Windmill Restaurant in Burgh with family and friends. Photo John Crossland.
Bill and Bett celebrated at The Windmill Restaurant in Burgh with family and friends. Photo John Crossland.
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IT WAS their joint love of flying that brought the happy couple together and recently they celebrated that bond during their diamond wedding anniversary.

Albert William, known as Bill, 89, and Betty Dorrian known as Bet, Redman, 90, of Braytoft, marked 60 wonderful years together, last Thursday, June 23.

They celebrated the happy event with a party at The Windmill Restaurant in Burgh le Marsh on Saturday.

Betty Dorrian also reached her 90th birthday on Tuesday June 21 where the couple enjoyed it with friends and family also on the Sunday.

The pair met after World War Two where they both enjoyed going flying together as Betty’s brother owned a plane.

They married in 1951 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire at a C of E Church where they both went on to have seven wonderful children.

Five girls, June Dorrian, Ann Christine, Susan Patricia, Sally Mekete Jane, Judy Elizabeth and two boys, William Martin and James Nicholas.

The pair are now also blessed with a number of grandchildren.

During their life, both Bill and Bet lived in Kenilworth, London and went on to retire in Braytoft in 1988.

Bill was part of the Royal Air Force in the 1940s and later worked as a professional engineer and still owns a business today. Bet, worked at her father’s garden centre and, once married, looked after the children.

Bill says of the secret of a long and happy marriage, “It is complete mutual respect for each other.”