Golden couple’s party

wedding anniversary
wedding anniversary

A huge reunion was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a Lindfield couple at the weekend.

Evelyn and John Lisles celebrated their golden anniversary in style with a party at the Redwood Centre, in Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

More than 50 family members and several friends from their wedding joined.

Their original bridesmaids - Evelyn’s sisters, Mary, Maggie and Alison and John’s sister Margaret Joyce - also attended.

Maggie and Alison even brought their bridesmaid head-dresses.

The couple were married on June 20, 1964 at Balcombe Church.

Evelyn, nee Stride, lived in Balcombe for many years and was an active Girl Guide leader.

John lived in Bolney and was a keen scout.

The young couple met when they were students at the Cuckfield County Secondary School.

They moved to Lindfield once they were married where they have lived ever since.

Evelyn worked for more than 24 years as the cook supervisor at Lindfield Primary School before going on to lead the kitchen team at the Redwood Centre.

John, a carpenter, was involved in construction before teaching carpentry at Worth Abbey School and then becoming a clerk of works for the abbey and school.

The couple have two children, Wendy and Michael and four grandchildren, Bethan, Tim, Alfie and Sam.

Wendy put together a DVD of photographs from their childhood through to the present day. One of the sound tracks was Doris Day’s ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies’ which all the Guides sang at Guide camp the week before the wedding.

A bouquet of daisies was presented by the Guides at the wedding and John even swopped his button hole for a daisy.

The daisy formed part of the decorative theme for the party with vases on each of the tables and on top of their cake.