Whirlwind romance leads to 50 years of marriage for Kettering couple

Congratulations to Carol and Steve!

By Sam Wildman
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 7:00 am
Steve and Carol Turner.
Steve and Carol Turner.

A Kettering couple who were married within six months of their first date are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss today (Thursday).

It was love at first sight when Steve and Carol Turner first clapped eyes on each other when they were both working at Sainsbury's, when it was in Gold Street.

Carol, who worked on the bacon counter, started dating Steve, who worked in the butchery department, in March 1970.

By May they were engaged and on August 27 the pair, who were 19 and 18 respectively, married at the register office - and they have proved the doubters wrong by marking their golden wedding anniversary.

Daughter Shelley Bellamy, 48, said: "People said it wouldn't last because of how quickly they got married.

"Well, here they are 50 years later!"

The couple have two children, Shelley and Darren (51), and seven grandchildren. They are also kept busy with their dog Tanzi.

They lived in Havelock Street for a short while before moving to Edith Road, where they have lived for more than 40 years.

A big celebration has been put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic and instead Carol and Steve will celebrate with a fish and chips supper - just as they did on their honeymoon in a caravan in Sheringham, Norfolk.

But what's the secret to such a happy marriage?

The answer, Shelley said, was treating each other how they would like to be treated.

She added: "They have given each other the best days of their lives and they hope there are many more to come."

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