Seaford couple’s telegram from Queen on marriage milestone


After seventy-three years of marriage an elderly Seaford couple reaffirmed their love for one another at their anniversary.

Philip and Gladys Weight, 97 and 94-years-old, celebrated the milestone with family and friends in a quiet gathering at their home in Cheneys Lodge on Saturday, August 1.

Philip, asked the secret of their marital success, replied simply: “my wonderful wife.”

The pair opened a telegram from the Queen that congratulated them on a truly remarkable achievement as they were surrounded by twenty-two loved ones.

Daughter Jennifer Leech, of Isfield, , one of four siblings, praised her ‘wonderful parents’ and thanked them for a loving upbringing.

“Very rarely are we all together but we made it that day which was wonderful,” said Jennifer.

Philip and Gladys married in Lambeth in 1942. Philip, an engineer, made bombs for the war effort while moonlighting as a city nightwatchman. Gladys, a sewing machinist, produced military issue webbing.

After the war the pair stayed in Lambeth. Gladys worked for sports company Slazenger, sewing golf bags, while Philip took a job with lift manufacturers Otis and worked as a lollipop man.

The pair moved to Seaford after retiring around thirty years ago.

“They love Seaford,” said Jennifer. “They have always loved the sea and find it peaceful down here.”

Gladys regularly visits Warwick House day centre above Seaford Library, and travels to Eastbourne once a week.

Philip is an almost equally regular patron of Coral bookmakers, having long nurtered a sporting interest.

“His early interest in the greyhounds of New Cross has now moved on to horse racing.

Jennifer praised Seaford’s social care for allowing her parents to continue their life together, saying: “my parents could not be living together if it wasn’t for Warwick House - they would have to live apart.”

Philip and Gladys look forward to their seventy-fourth next August.

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