Couple celebrate diamond anniversary

2016-08-16 06:00

PETER and Greta Dupen grew up in the same village of Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft in England.

They attended the same primary school and were in the same class, although they were not aware of each other then.

Their formative years were governed by the privations of World War 2, with evacuations, air raid sirens, bomb shelters, food and clothing rationing being the norm.

It was only through their subsequent involvement in the Boy’s Brigade and the Girl Guides that they eventually came to know each other in their early teens.
Although their secondary education also began at the same public school, Peter moved on with a scholarship to Lowestoft’s Grammar School.
However, it was their youth club activities that kept them in touch and they both began work in Lowestoft with Greta working initially at a photographer before becoming a buyer at a large linen store and Peter as an electrical apprentice.

Military service saw Peter spending two of his three-year term in Singapore and Malaya (now Malaysia) before returning to Lowestoft in 1956 and he and Greta were married that year and were on honeymoon when Peter was recalled for the Suez crisis for a further six months of military service.
Greta continued her work as a buyer and Peter used his electronic skills as factory manager at a television manufacturing unit.

They came to South Africa and Pinetown in 1973, with their only son Stephen, when Peter was head-hunted for the television start-up and spent 18 years in the manufacturing industry before starting his own electrical business in Johannesburg, eventually retiring in 1996 and returning to KZN in 2007.

Stephen still operates his business from Pinetown and they are blessed with two grandchildren, one great-grand child and another two on the way.

Peter played many sports and was a part-time professional soccer player, but in their latter years both he and Greta switched to bowls and represented their clubs at local and national level

Peter remains active in Rotary and Probus as well as being a competitive bowler in Hillcrest and Highway area. Greta looks after their Le Domaine home, Peter and their dachshund, Fritz.

Hillcrest Fever management and staff wish the couple a happy anniversary and blessed years ahead.
For more information on this wonderful love story email, dupen@ledom.co.za

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