Double golden weddings for male voice choir

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 September 2016

From left to right: John and Ann Sanders and Adrian and Gwen Haysom at the Budleigh Male Voice Choir.

From left to right: John and Ann Sanders and Adrian and Gwen Haysom at the Budleigh Male Voice Choir.


Two long-standing members of the Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir celebrated 50th wedding anniversaries on the same day with a charity concert.

John Sanders, 72, married his wife Ann in 1966, the same year that fellow choir members Adrian Haysom married Gwen.

The two pairs celebrated privately with friends and family prior to the charity concert in Sidmouth to raise funds for an Admiral Nurse.

John and Adrian, both of Exmouth, have been members of the choir for 15 years, having joined in the same year.

Adrian said: “It just happened that there was a concert that night. We were both available.

“We (John and Adrian) both get a lot of enjoyment out of singing.”

John said tolerance, friendship, love and understanding was the key to the long marriage, while his wife Ann said ‘respecting each other’s views’ is important.

Former Exmouth Grammar School pupil Adrian said the key to a long relationship was ‘give and take’.

John met his wife Ann on Valentine’s Day 1964 at a dance while he was at university in London and she was a nurse. The couple moved to East Devon 15 years ago.

Adrian and Gwen met while on mutual holidays in Eastbourne.

The concert was the latest event for the choir, which has raised more than £4,000 for good causes in the region.

Last month, the choir performed at Exeter Cathedral, something John described as ‘a thrill for choir and audience alike’.

The choir was founded in 1974 under the musical direction of Pamela Jones, now the choir’s life president. Michael Graham, an organist at Exeter Cathedral, is the current musical director.

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