Cashes Green couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
IN THEIR early-20s Elizabeth and Pete Witts would dance the night away at the various venues across the Five Valleys, from Stroud’s Subscription Rooms to Frampton’s Cadbury Hall.
On Saturday, September 14, the venue for the party was The Hill in Merrywalks but this time the occasion was the couple’s diamond wedding anniversary.
The pair decided to host the bash not only to celebrate 60 years of happy marriage, but also to raise funds for the Cotswold Care Hospice.
Instead of receiving presents, they asked family and friends to make donations to the charity and the seventy or so in attendance gave generously – raising a grand total of £360.25 for the Hospice, which provides support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, as well as to their families and carers.
Although it was their passion for dancing that ultimately brought them together, Elizabeth first caught Pete’s eye while she was working at a creamery in Wallbridge, opposite the premises of T. Butt & Son where he then worked.
“I wasn’t old enough to work but I used to go and help my sister with her milk round and my mum also worked there in the dairy,” Elizabeth recalls.
Taking up the story, Pete, 82, explained: “I used to go over the road to get the milk and we got to know each other but we didn’t go out for quite a while.”
“We were part of the same group of friends and we became closer after dancing together at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud. I guess you could say the rest is history.”
The couple, who have a son Patrick and a daughter Angela, as well as five grandchildren and one great grandson, married at St Laurence Church in Stroud on September 17, 1953.
After tying the knot, they lived together in a cottage in Whiteshill for five years before moving into a bungalow they had built themselves in Ruscombe.
Following spells in Cainscross and Malmesbury, the couple finally settled in Cashes Green in 1992 where they live to this day.
Throughout their 60 years of marriage, both Pete and Elizabeth have unselfishly given their time for a variety of causes, including fundraising for St Rose’s School and volunteering on Standish Hospital’s radio station.
Pete, who attended Marling School and then worked in the building and construction industry, also served as the clerk to Whiteshill Parish Council for seven years before later becoming a parish councillor himself.
He has also been involved with the village's football teamfor 28 years and in 1992 was club captain at Minchinhampton Golf Club, while his wife, a talented amateur artist, has enjoyed painting and drawing as a hobby.
Asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Pete jokingly said ‘being able to put up with one another’, while his wife Elizabeth, laughing, replied simply and more diplomatically: “Give and take.”
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