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Chance meeting leads to 60 years of marriage for Carpenders Park couple Paul and Joyce Robinson
A couple from Carpenders Park who first met at a cycle speedway event at a north London bomb site will celebrate 60 years of marriage later this month.
Paul Robinson was a member of The Willesden Comets speedway team when he met his wife to be, Joyce, in 1950 when they were both just 17.
Before their chance meeting they had both been evacuated from London during the war with Joyce going to Bedfordshire in 1939 and Weston-super-Mare in 1944 and Paul going to Tenement’s Farm in Chipperfield in 1939 and Slyne in Lancashire in 1944.
The couple tied the knot when Paul was demobbed on completion of his two years National Service.
They were married at St Michael’s Church in Stonebridge and the wedding reception was held in Joyce’s parents’ home.
Paul recalled: "As was the case in those days the living room was cleared of all the furniture and we hired some long benches from the local school for seating.
"We also borrowed a piano and the result was a good old knee’s up with pints of beer wobbling on top of the piano.
"Joyce’s parents did all the catering and a good time was had by all before we went off on our honeymoon to the Isle of Wight."
Joyce worked as a dressmaker then a book binder before retraining to make time piece movements for Smith’s Clocks. She then worked in school meals and eventually took early retirement in 1988.
Paul’s first job was a French polisher working for a company in Willesden called Perodon’s which made billiard cues and accessories. In the 60’s he began working for the General Post Office at the Paddington sorting office. He was a postman with a "walk" in the W2 area of London and delivered to many celebrities living there at the time, including Michael Caine, Youtha Joyce, Stubby Kay and Philip Harben.
He saw 38 years’ service with the post office describing it as the best job he ever had.
The couple moved to Compton Place in Carpenders Park 25 years ago with their three daughters, Linda, now 58, Janice, 54, and Susan, 51. They now also have eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Talking about their 60 years marriage Paul said: "I can honestly say we have never had a row. We have always done everything together. We have three lovely daughters and a large family and we are so very proud of each and everyone."
The family will celebrate the anniversary with a party at Tee Green Golf Club in Luton with overnight stay at Luton Hoo and a nostalgic trip back to the Isle of Wight where they honeymooned.
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