Milton Keynes couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Maurice and Marjorie Packer wedding anniversary - the couple at the outbreak of the Second World War
Maurice and Marjorie Packer wedding anniversary - the couple at the outbreak of the Second World War

Congratulations to a Simpson couple who will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Maurice and Marjorie Packer married shortly before the end of the Second World War, with Mr Packer having served at the D-Day landings just months earlier.

Maurice and Marjorie Packer wedding anniversary

Maurice and Marjorie Packer wedding anniversary

His wartime service also took him to the North African desert during Field Marshal Montgomery’s campaign.

The couple moved to Aylesbury in 1952 wiith Mr Packer moving to the emergency services, serving 30 years with Bucks Fire Service and then five years as a driving instructor for Thames Valley Police. He then started his own driving school before retiring in the early 80s and moving to Milton Keynes in 2010.

Mrs Packer worked as head cook at Ceeley Road infants school in Aylesbury until she retired at age 60.

Today the couple have four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Their daughter Karen Sweeney said: “Mum and Dad are both sociable, and have always had lots of hobbies. Ever since I was a small child we’d go on caravan trips together as a family, and Dad still enjoys playing piano and surfing the internet.”

The family celebrated with a surprise family lunch at the Mercury Parkside Hotel in Woughton on Sunday.