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Couples sparkle at golden and diamond anniversary tea party

News release 9637, published on 14 Feb 2020
Golden and diamond wedding anniversary couples celebrated in style at a special afternoon tea party hosted by the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane.

Married couples from the borough were treated to sandwiches, cakes and drinks at Basingstoke College of Technology.

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor and her consort Dr Andy Taylor greeted the guests and enjoyed chatting to the couples whose golden or diamond anniversary falls between Thursday 9 May 2019 and Tuesday 19 May 2020. In her speech the Mayor honoured her husband for the valuable role he has taken on as Consort and Chaplain.

Cllr Taylor said: "Golden and diamond anniversaries are very special milestones and it was an honour to celebrate with local couples at the afternoon tea party. We managed to gather from our guests quite a few hints for a long and happy marriage – ranging from “have fun, and be tolerant” to “always let the wife have the last word”.

“It was a pleasure to chat with them and make sure everybody had an afternoon to remember.”

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