Saturday, 25 September 2021

Couple celebrate diamond anniversary with Thames cruise

A COUPLE from Emmer Green have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

A COUPLE from Emmer Green have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Brenda and Don Steptoe married on September 1, 1956 at Holy Trinity Church in Henley after meeting at a dance at the Catherine Wheel.

They both lived in Henley at the time and Mrs Steptoe’s parents were landlords of the Ye Lion Hotel in Friday Street. Their wedding made the front page of the Henley Standard.

The couple marked their 60th anniversary with a celebration aboard the Hobbs of Henley boat The Hibernia with family and friends.

Mr Steptoe was educated at Henley Grammar School and was a member of the Old Henleiensians Rugby Football Club and Henley Rowing Club and rowed at the 1956 Henley Royal Regatta.



During his national service he served in Eygpt and was recalled to standby in the Fifties as a result of the Suez crisis. The couple enjoyed a short honeymoon at the Riviera Hotel in Maidenhead as Mr Steptoe had to return to his unit.

In later life Mr Steptoe worked as a telecommunications engineer and his wife had various jobs before working for 21 years at BBC Monitoring in Caversham.

The couple have a son, Andy, who lives in Ontario, and a daughter, Debbie, who lives in Seattle, as well as three grandchildren.

The couple lived in Caversham for 51 years before moving to Emmer Green two years ago.



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