Sixty years and still go­ing strong

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

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

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