Diamond couple’s ace tennis club meeting

Dennis and Dorothy Wright
Dennis and Dorothy Wright
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A couple who fell in love at first sight on a tennis court more than 60 years ago are celebrating their diamond wedding.

Dennis and Dorothy Wright, tied the knot on May 22, 1954, and on Thursday they marked their wonderful milestone with their two bridesmaids from their special day, as well as family members, at their home in Poplar Close, Uppingham.

D-Day war veteran Dennis, 91, said: “We’ve really enjoyed our 60 years of marriage and it was a lovely way to celebrate to have our two bridesmaids, Phyllis and Janet, and family, with us. We enjoyed it very much.”

The pair met at Great Easton Tennis Club, where Dennis was captain of the club and Dorothy was vice-captain of ladies team.

For the first 50 years of their marriage they lived in Caldecott where Dennis was the village shopkeeper, postmaster and chairman of the parish council before becoming manager of a wholesalers in Corby. Dorothy was a teacher at Vale of Catmose College and Uppingham Community College.

They have two children Julia and Richard, four grandchildren, one great grandson and another great grandchild on the way.

Dennis said: “I think our secret to 60 happy years is that we’ve both led an active life and enjoyed the same hobbies.

“I’ve got found memories of when we first met playing tennis at Great Easton. Music has played a big part of a relationship too.

“It was a great surprise when we got our telegram from the Queen. It brought a tear to my eye.”

Dorothy is recovering from a stroke she suffered three weeks ago but the couple are hoping to continue celebrations with other family and friends when she has fully recovered.