‘We’ve never had a row – we wouldn’t know what a row was’

BEING part of a blind double-date was the first step to 65 years of wedded bliss for Roland and Pamela Corbin.

Mr Corbin’s brother was stepping out with Mrs Corbin’s friend when the two of them were asked to join one evening.

The other couple eventually split up but they stayed together. Their first solo date was at the Cobo chippy, with transport by Mr Corbin’s motorcycle.

‘She hated the motorbike,’ he recalled.

They were married at St Sampson’s parish church – which they still attend – in July 1956 by Dean Frossard, with a reception and dance at Grandes Rocques Hotel.

One of their wedding photographs was coloured by hand and still hangs on the living room wall of their home near the Bridge.

After getting married the couple lived in two rooms of Mrs Corbin’s mother’s home and shared the kitchen.

They were able to move to a new-build bungalow fairly soon after and then moved around the Bridge area for a while. Their last move was nine years ago and they both enjoy tending their garden.

For several decades Mr Corbin was half of the building firm Corbin & Foster, while Mrs Corbin learned dress-making and then served afternoon teas at the Houmet Tavern before working at Maison Le Noury, a cake shop in the Arcade.

Children Nigel and Angela were born in 1959 and 1962 respectively, Nigel during a spell of thick snow, and now the couple have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The entire family got together – some coming from England – for the couple’s diamond wedding five years ago, when 50 people went for a meal at the Trelade.

They are heading to the hotel again for this anniversary party, but for Covid and various other reasons numbers are likely to be halved.

Mr Corbin said the secret to their long, happy marriage was giving to each other.

‘We’ve never had a row either. We’ve had slight disagreements, but we wouldn’t even know what a row was. They say it’s normal in a family, but I don’t see why it should be.’

Mrs Corbin added: ‘Sometimes you have a difference of opinion, so you agree to disagree. On the whole we’ve been really happy. I can’t believe it’s been 65 years.’

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