When Diana and Ken Odell, both aged 91, met over 70 years ago, little did they know that they would be celebrating their milestone wedding anniversary.
The loving couple who have lived in Edith Weston for the past 20 years, got married back in 1945, on March 24 at their local church in Muswell Hill, London.
But their wedding was no ordinary affair, for the newlyweds shared their big day with another couple who were getting married that same day, Diana’s sister, Joan and Ken’s brother, Jack. It was a double wedding, between two sisters and two brothers, brought together by love.
Now, 70 years on, sadly both Joan and Jack have died, but both Diana and Ken are here to share the memories of their special day. Diana said: “Our double wedding took place during the war, so it helped to save us a lot of money. It was a very memorable day and was really quite exciting.”
To celebrate their big day 70 years on, The Wheatsheaf in Edith Weston held a party for the whole village. Diana said: “We’ve been so lucky! It was lovely to see everyone at the party. Rutland is a lovely place to live and the people are so nice.”
Along with receiving a card from the Queen to mark their special day, the couple also received a parcel full of 70 individual cards, sent by their daughter Lesley Adami who lives in America.
Lesley, 65, has lived in the States for the past 30 years, with her two children Karen and Kirstin, who have four children between them, Diana and Ken’s great grandchildren. They also have a son, Stephen Odell, 68, who has two children Rebecca and Sarah, who live in Cambridge.
The couple, who met in the 1930s as young children at their local church, eventually wed in 1945, after Ken returned home from being in America, where he had been training to become a flight instructor.
His brother, Jack, who also met his wife to be, Joan, whilst living in the same town, became famous for inventing the Matchbox toys.
Diana and Ken are ‘thankful’ for the many years they have spent together, which they say have been based on “friendship, companionship and a good sense of humour.”