Wealden District Council

Platinum celebrations in Wealden

Media Release : 06 December 2017

Wealden District Council joined with Buckingham Palace last month in celebrating Platinum wedding anniversaries.

Platinum Wedding

Council Chairman Chris Hardy felt the Royal celebration of love and commitment was something to be shared closer to home in Wealden. He sent out a call to find local couples who were also celebrating 70 years of marriage, and thanks to help of the local press, was able to find not one, but three couples.
Elvet and Gladys Chapman of Hailsham celebrated 70 years of marriage in  July this year and Philip and Gladys Weight, also of Hailsham, celebrated 75 years of marriage in August.  Iris and Derek Fox of Stone Cross will also be celebrating 70 years of marriage later this month. 
The Chapmans met in Peckham when Gladys and a friend were walking home and Gladys complained of being cold. Elvet overheard and gallantly offered to keep her warm. They became friends and married in St Paul’s Church, Peckham a few years later. They moved from London to Hailsham 25 years ago when Elvet retired, and enjoyed their Platinum wedding anniversary with 60 guests at the Kings Head, Horsebridge.
Philip and Gladys Weight also lived in Peckham. They were married on 1 August 1942 during the Blitz, and this year celebrated 75 years of marriage. They spent their honeymoon on a boat going down the Thames, and remember stopping under bridges to avoid the bombs!   The couple have four children: John, Christine, Jennifer and Peter. Philip worked as a mechanical engineer and then became a lollypop man in Dulwich before moving to Sussex and eventually settling in Hailsham. Philip will be 100 years old in January.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting two of Wealden’s platinum couples and hearing about their lives,” said Councillor Hardy. ”It is a remarkable achievement and deserves to be celebrated.”
The Chairman of Wealden District Council presented both couples with a silver £20 coin from the Royal Mint celebrating the Queen and Prince Philip’s Platinum wedding anniversary and a bottle of champagne.
The Chairman hopes to speak with Iris and Derek Fox later this month to offer his personal congratulations.
Photo shows Elvet and Gladys Chapman with the Chairman of Wealden District Council Chris Hardy.