Golden couple mark 50 years

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010

A WITHYCOMBE couple will be breaking out the bubbly this Saturday, celebrating an incredible half-century of marriage. Pat, 69, and Vic Sicklemore, 81, from Burnside, are looking forward to a huge gathering of up to 35 family members to mark their milesto

A WITHYCOMBE couple will be breaking out the bubbly this Saturday, celebrating an incredible half-century of marriage.Pat, 69, and Vic Sicklemore, 81, from Burnside, are looking forward to a huge gathering of up to 35 family members to mark their milestone Golden Wedding anniversary.But the celebrations are likely to be fairly noisy - with their 13 grandchildren and one great grandson!To celebrate they will be enjoying a meal at the Farmhouse Inn in Brixington before continuing the party at the home of one of their sons with a glass (or two) of bubbly.The couple, originally from Croydon, moved to Exmouth in 1964 with their three sons, Steve, Kevin and Terry - and in 1965 the twin daughters Karen and Lyn were born.Vic, a former RAF Corporal who worked as a radio operator on Lancaster bombers for seven years, most of that time being during the war, and Pat, who worked at the telephone exchange as a trunk operator, met through a family friend.They married at West Croydon Congregational Church on February 28, 1959.After they moved, Vic worked at Swifts, then for Pankhursts Tool and Die until he retired in 1993, aged 65.Pat worked in nursing and care in Exmouth after the birth of her daughters.Karen Gendall, their youngest daughter (by ten minutes) said while they enjoyed a game or two of Scrabble, they are very family orientated: "They really enjoy spending time with their family on special occasions like Christmas. Last Christmas, we had 15 for Christmas dinner."Their family means everything to them. Their hobbies are walking and playing Scrabble, but most of their enjoyment comes from their grandchildren, who are forever round at their house in Burnside."She explained their secret for a long and happy marriage: "Trust, compromise and friendship," she said.

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