Ron and Pam celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 October 2018

Pam and Ron Snowshall who have celebrated 60 years of marriage. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

Pam and Ron Snowshall who have celebrated 60 years of marriage. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

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An Exmouth couple celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss has paid tribute to their family who made their anniversary even more special.

Pam and Ron Snowshall, both 82, marked their diamond wedding anniversary surrounded by friends and family at the Royal Beacon Hotel.

The couple, who were married at St Michaels Church in Otterton, said one of the keys to a long-lasting relationship is having a loving family around you. Pam said: “It’s about give and take. If you have got a good family around you they keep you on the move. The things we organise together as a family – we don’t have time to stand still.”

Ron and Pam both spent much of their youth in Otterton as part of a gang of friends but it wasn’t until they were teenagers that they started ‘going out’.

Ron joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17, just before he would have been due to be called up for national service.

He served as a gunner in the RAF and was set for a promotion which would have kept him abroad for 12 years when his father-in-law-to-be gave him an ultimatum.

“I was going to be promoted and I would have been posed abroad in Singapore,” said Ron. “I came home on leave and we were talking about getting married and Pam’s dad said to me if you’re going to marry my daughter I don’t want my daughter going abroad. God bless him, as soon as I said yes he found me a job at the Vapormatic Company in Budleigh.”

Ron worked for a number of companies as a sales representative including British Steel until arthritis forced him into early retirement at the age of 60.

After leaving school, Pam went on to work Thomas Tucker before their children Donna, Melanie and Nigel were born. She returned to work later in life, taking a job as home help before retiring at 64.

The couple have been involved with the Exmouth swimming and lifesaving society for nearly half a century and still supervise swimming lessons at Exmouth’s LED leisure centre. They have also been involved with the beach rescue club for 30 years.

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