Wedded to Marriage; in an Age When Divorce Is Rife, Three Couples Who Tied the Knot at the Same Church on the Same Day Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary

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Wedded to Marriage; in an Age When Divorce Is Rife, Three Couples Who Tied the Knot at the Same Church on the Same Day Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary


Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE

A BRIDE usually likes her friends around her as she walks down the aisle.

But Elva Norris had to make do without hers. They were both too busy being brides themselves.

Fifty years later the three friends who married one after another in the same church on the same day, finally had the chance to celebrate together.

Maisie Poulton and Dorothy Kelly joined Mrs Norris at a party to mark their shared golden anniversary.

In times when two out of three marriages end in divorce, the friends and their husbands were delighted with their three-outofthree success story.

'We started out our married lives together so it was wonderful to celebrate this milestone together as well,' Mrs Norris, 72, said after the party.

'When you look around these days not many people bother to get married. It is a different generation I suppose. People of our generation stay together.'

She met Mrs Kelly in 1940 as six year olds when they started at the church school in the village of Blindley Heath, Surrey.

A few years later Mrs Poulton moved into the village and all three were soon inseparable.

In 1952, Mrs Norris, then 18, moved to London to work as a teller in the Westminster Bank.

It was there that she met her husband Reg, a fellow employee.

In the same year Mrs Kelly met her husband Len, an accountant, at a Young Conservatives dance.

Shortly after, Mrs Poulton found love with Tony, a former traffic officer for the AA, after meeting him at a square dance in the village.

The three friends all started planning their weddings, and by coincidence all booked Blindley Heath church for the same date - March 31, 1956.

Mrs Norris was first down the aisle. One hundred guests attended her 2pm wedding.

At 2.45pm Mrs Kelly arrived at the church and at 3.30pm it was Mrs Poulton's turn.

'It was just chance that we all married the same day,' Mrs Norris said. 'But it is nice to have something like that to bind us.' Mrs Poulton, 77, said: 'I booked the church for that day because it was Easter Saturday and I just thought it was a special day to get married. …

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