Diamond couple get a big surprise for anniversary
Husband and wife celebrate 60 years of marriage with tears and cheers
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