Surprise 70th anniversary celebration

July 02 2020
Surprise 70th anniversary celebration

A SURPRISE celebration helped make John and Kitty Usher’s 70th wedding anniversary in June a very special day.

The couple, who live in Osmond Drive, Wells, thought that they would be celebrating alone. But when they answered a ring at the door, they found that a table on their front lawn had been laid out with gifts and cards and all their neighbours were standing outside to wish them well. Their grandson Tom, who they hadn’t seen for three months, had even driven from London to see them, and during the day they were also able to talk to their son John in Portugal and granddaughter Kate in Sweden with FaceTime.

“It was fabulous, it was a very special day,” said Kitty.

“I thought it would just be John and myself having a glass of bubbly together.”

She thanked next door neighbour Angela Perrée for doing so much to organise the celebration.

John and Kitty on their wedding day in 1950

John and Kitty on their wedding day in 1950

The couple met at a dance at the YWCA in Newbury. John was doing his National Service and Kitty’s parents had a business nearby. They married at Chieveley Parish Church on June 11, 1950. After his National Service, John ran his own printing and engraving business, while Kitty was the personnel manager for Marks & Spencer for nearly 40 years. They moved to Wells in 2002 after visiting Kitty’s brother Ken in Osmond Drive and deciding they liked it so much that they wanted to live there too. Kitty’s niece Nicki still lives almost opposite them.

“Wells is a lovely place to live,” said Kitty, who is back playing golf at Wells Golf Club once a week.

She said of the couple’s long marriage: “We’ve never had any financial problems, and we’ve always gelled well as a family. As we’ve got older, we’ve got closer.”