Di­a­mond cou­ple get a big sur­prise for an­niver­sary

Hus­band and wife cel­e­brate 60 years of mar­riage with tears and cheers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN Uxbridge cou­ple cel­e­brated their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary in style with a sur­prise party.

John and Glo­ria Kay ar­rived at a lo­cal pub think­ing they were cel­e­brat­ing their grand­daugh­ter’s birth­day, only to find it was ac­tu­ally a party for them.

The cou­ple, who will be mark­ing their di­a­mond an­niver­sary on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 22, en­joyed the sur­prise party at The Malt Shovel pub, in Iver Lane, on Sun­day De­cem­ber 11.

The pair were in­vited to the pub to cel­e­brate their grand­daugh­ter Kirsty Pradda’s birth­day, but were amazed when the fam­ily shouted ‘sur­prise’ and re­vealed it was ac­tu­ally a party to cel­e­brate their mar­riage.

Ms Pradda, 33, said: “Nan and grand­dad were both in shock when we shouted ‘sur­prise’ when they walked in, as they thought they were com­ing to cel­e­brate my birth­day with me. They have al­ways done so much for the fam­ily so it was nice to be able to do some­thing for them.

“Lots of happy tears were shed – they re­ally are one in a mil­lion and we are so proud of them.

“Sixty years of mar­riage is achieve­ment.”

Mr Kay, 82, and Mrs Kay, 79, were mar­ried in a church in Willes­den on De­cem­ber 22, 1956 be­fore they moved into a flat in that area.

Around 11 months later they moved to a three such an bed­room house in Long Lane, Hilling­don where they raised three chil­dren – Lo­raine, Bev and Ja­son.

The fam­ily has now grown to in­clude seven grand­chil­dren and two great grand­chil­dren.

There is also a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily with an­other great grand­child due in March 2017.

Mr and Mrs Kay still own a boat ma­rina in San­der­son Road called Den­ham Yacht Sta­tion, now run by their daugh­ter Lo­raine and son Ja­son.

Grand­sons James and Lewis also work there.

In the 1980s, Glo­ria also owned a chil­dren’s cloth­ing store and toy shop in Cres­cent Pa­rade, Hilling­don, called Gee’s.

HAPPY COU­PLE: John and Glo­ria Kay on their wed­ding day and (right) at their sur­prise party

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