Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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5 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 News Diamond couple celebrate 60 years of marriage PAULINE AND REG WED IN 1960 By STEPHEN LLOYD @FleetNandM AFTER INTRODUCTI­ON BY FRIEND A COUPLE who were introduced by a mutual friend have celebrated 60 years of marriage. Aldershot-born Reg and Pauline Varns met in 1958 after being introduced by Ray Newman, who became their best man. After dating for nearly two years they married at St Michael’s Church, in Church Road, Aldershot, on August 13 1960. Reg was always destined to have a career at sea and left home at the age of 11 to attend Holbrook Naval School, Suffolk - now known as the The Royal Hospital School for boys and girls - until the age of 16 when he went straight into the Navy as a Leading Seaman. After getting married, as Reg was a Naval PT officer and aspiring for promotion, the couple moved away after having their first two children, Bev and Nick. Reg was posted to Singapore in 1967 and that was their home for three years, with daughter Dawn being born there in 1968. “They had an amazing experience based there,” said Dawn. “In 1970 they returned to the UK and bought their first home in Aldershot, before moving away again to Cowplain to be closer to where Dad was based at HMS Temeraire, in Portsmouth.” du ce ri y h h w N Pauline and Reg today B retired,” said Dawn. “They still live happily and comfortabl­y with their little dog, Teddy, who mum loves walking, and have six grown-up grandchild­ren. “They have had their struggles and some health issues, but they are the strongest couple and their love for each other and their family brought them to this special day and inspiring achievemen­t of 60 years of marriage.” Keen golfer Reg, 80, retired from the Navy in 1979 as a Lieutenant Commander RN Retired after 23 years’ service and he and Pauline, who will be 79 in October, moved back to Aldershot to be close to family. “Dad had a change of career and tried his hand at several projects and then became a project manager for Southern Fast Foods and Mum worked in retail until they Reg and Pauline Varns on their wedding day, August 13, 1960 Council bids for funds to redesign high streets segregated cycleway on Brighton Way in Basingstok­e, footway widening and traffic management in Old Lynchford Road and Camp Road in North Camp, Farnboroug­h, and improvemen­ts to walking and cycling routes that connect to bus stops on the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit corridor between Fareham and Gosport. Side-road crossing improvemen­ts would also be put in place along the A27 corridor between Fareham and Portcheste­r in a bid to encourage walking and cycling. The outcome of the council bid is expected to be known by the early autumn. The executive member for economy, transport and environmen­t added: “The coronaviru­s pandemic has changed the way we travel. Evidence indicates we are travelling more locally and cycling and walking more. “We are making significan­tly fewer work journeys. This is a critical time to make changes to our high streets and roads to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.” If the funding bid is successful, new cycle routes will be created around the county. They will be in the form of a and some of the temporary distancing measures already in place will become more permanent, subject to consultati­on. The council hopes various changes would support the recovery of those town centres. Councillor Rob Humby, deputy leader of the county council, said: “We have listened to feedback from residents and worked in partnershi­p with town councils, parishes and borough and district council colleagues to develop plans to change our towns and high streets and implement new schemes which encourage active travel such as walking and cycling. for £863,000 to fund temporary measures aimed to help people socially distance more easily. Now, an intention has been revealed to make some changes more permanent in high streets and bring in other measures designed to encourage cycling and walking. Certain projects have been prioritise­d in the funding bid, one of those being improvemen­ts to seven of the county’s high streets. They are Aldershot, Romsey, Brockenhur­st, Petersfiel­d, Stubbingto­n in Fareham, Eastleigh and Winchester. Broadly, more space will be allocated to walking and cycling, HAMPSHIRE County Council has announced its latest plan to ask the Government for cash to help redesign some of its high streets and roads. The council will ask Downing Street for £3.45 million in extra funding to help bring in a range of schemes it hopes will aid the county’s recovery from the coronaviru­s pandemic. Plans include redesignin­g some roads and high streets to support social distancing, helping those who want to cycle and walk more and assisting the economic recovery of areas. Previously, council bosses successful­ly asked the Government PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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