Sixty years and still going strong
AFTER a lifetime in the world of print, one Kennington man is making the news himself this week.
Doug Noakes, 84, and his wife Edna, 79, who live quietly in retirement in Brecon Close, are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary with friends and family today (Thursday).
Doug was a Willesborough lad who attended the North Central school. And Edna was an Ashford girl and a pupil of the South Central and the Elwick Road technical college, where she went on to train as a shorthand typist.
Doug worked for Headleys printers all his life, rising to the position of print manager for the final 15 years before retirement.
Despite serving with the RAF from 1941 as an engineer fitter in Bomber Command, he spent 48 years with the quality printers.
Edna was well-known as PA to managers at Burrows estate agents in Bank Street, Ashford.
The couple married 60 years ago in the Ashford parish church of St Mary’s back in the days when both food and clothes were rationed.
But the couple survived and thrived and now have two daughters, four granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
Over the decades they shared a passion for Latin American ballroom dance and were regulars for many years on the annual Kentish Express holidays to Ashford’s German twin town of Bad Munstereifel.
Doug was always a keen sportsman, playing badminton until he had a hip replacement at the age of 80, but he is still a regular player on the snooker tables of the town’s clubs.
Doug and Edna Noakes celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary after marrying 60 years ago at St Mary’s church