Diamond duo ‘takes each day as it comes’

Joyce and Den Deacon celebrate their diamond wedding
Joyce and Den Deacon celebrate their diamond wedding

A COUPLE who met at a Fishersgate youth club at the age of 15 celebrate their diamond wedding today.

Joyce and Den Deacon, both now 82, met in 1947 at Unity Youth Club and spent eight years together before marrying in Hove in March, 1955.

Joyce and Den Deacon on their wedding day in March 1955

Joyce and Den Deacon on their wedding day in March 1955

Mrs Deacon said the secret to a happy marriage was ‘to do things together’, ‘share and talk things through’ and ‘take each day as it comes’.

Mr Deacon added, jokingly, ‘and hope the next day goes quicker than the one before’, indicating a good sense of humour also helped.

Mrs Deacon was born at a house in Albert Road, Southwick, in December, 1932, and Mr Deacon was born in Brighton in February, 1933.

Mrs Deacon went to the Green School, which became Fishersgate First School, and Manor Hall Middle School, which is now Glebe Primary.

The secret to a happy marriage is ‘to do things together’, ‘share and talk things through’ and ‘take each day as it comes’

Joyce Deacon

She still clearly remembers the day that she and a friend were shot at by a German pilot during the Second World War.

Having left school at 14, she went to work in Scott’s Wool Shop, in Brighton. Mr Deacon also started work at 14, with Maxwell’s Flooring, and was called up for National Service between 1951 and 1953. When he returned home, the couple were engaged, on Mrs Deacon’s 21st birthday.

After their wedding just over a year later, they spent their honeymoon in Ilfracombe, on north coast of Devon.

They then moved into two rooms in a house in North Road, Portslade, for a year, where they had a daughter, called Susan, the first of their six children.

In 1956, the couple moved in with Mrs Deacon’s parents in Southwick and Mr Deacon joined Southwick Football Club, where he played for about 13 years.

Their second child, a son called Gordon, was born in 1959 and when he was four months old, the family moved to a house in Downsway, Southwick. They went on to have four more children, Linda, Sally, Helen and Den, and still live in the same house, where they were all brought up.

The family, which also includes ten grandchildren, celebrated on Sunday with a 60th wedding anniversary lunch.