Love is still there for Peter and Pat

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by James Lawren­son

FIFTY years of mar­riage were cel­e­brated by an Ash­ford cou­ple and 29 of their clos­est friends and fam­ily on Sun­day.

The New Chim­neys in God­in­ton Park re­sounded to toasts for the golden wed­ding an­niver­sary of Peter and Pat Buck­thorp.

Mr Buck­thorp, 73, from Askes Court, Sin­gle­ton said: “It was a lovely do put on by our two daugh­ters Gill and Claire. It went ab­so­lutely bril­liantly.”

The cou­ple first met on a blind date in 1954 while Peter was still in the RAF.

Mr Buck­thorp said: “At first we didn’t like each other, but we de­vel­oped a habit of meet­ing up and in time it be­came love.”

Af­ter court­ing for four years they mar­ried on Oc­to­ber 25, 1958 in Wim­ble­don, be­fore mov­ing to Ash­ford in 1966, where they have lived ever since.

Mr Buck­thorp said: “In some ways it’s a long time, but in many ways it’s a short time.

“Like every­one we’ve had our ups and downs, but the love is still there and I can’t imag­ine life without her.”

Golden wed­ding cou­ple Peter and Pat Buck­thorp cel­e­brate their an­niver­sary, left, and right, on their wed­ding day

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