Sweethearts’ love was a surprise for parents

Carol and Terry Wallis of Folkingham have celebrated 50 years of marriage. EMN-150304-162058001
Carol and Terry Wallis of Folkingham have celebrated 50 years of marriage. EMN-150304-162058001

A Folkingham couple have celebrated 50 years of happy marriage after growing up on the same street.

Carol and Terry Wallis of West Street, Folkingham marked their golden wedding anniversary on Friday with a family meal at Billingborough.

Terry and Carol Wallis on their wedding day. EMN-150304-162044001

Terry and Carol Wallis on their wedding day. EMN-150304-162044001

Carol was the daughter of a scrap merchant, born in 1946 in Bethnal Green, East London. Terry was born in 1942 in the same street opposite Carol’s home. They grew up there and were friends for years. Carol was best friends with Terry’s sister Genny.

Daughter Lisa explains: “They started courting in secret and one day Terry told his parents he was bringing his girlfriend to meet the family. Not knowing who this girlfriend was, Terry’s mum asked Carol to help get ready for this dinner. Carol happily gave a hand, suggesting meal plans and decorations and things the mysterious girlfriend may like. Later that evening to the surprise of the family Carol turned up with Terry!”

They were married on April 3, 1965, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bethnal Green and moved to Aylesbury. A year later they had their first child, a baby girl Michele, later having two more children - Darren and Lisa.

They now have 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Carol and Terry moved back to London, Tottenham where Terry was first a central heating engineer and later a bus mechanic for London Transport for 30 years. Carol found her true calling as a teacher at Conel College in Tottenham.

In 2011 they retired and moved to Folkingham to be close to their best friends Joan and Ray, where they now enjoy an action-packed social life around bowls.