'˜A dance a day' helped Bob and Sylvia to 70 years of married bliss

A '˜dance a day' and a '˜drop of Tot' helped a couple to reach their platinum wedding anniversary.

Friday, 16th September 2016, 3:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:22 pm
Robert 'Bob' and Sylvia Cook, who live in Battle,celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 14 2016. The couple are pictured enjoying a champagne lunch, aboard a train hauled by the Flying Scotsman, earlier in the year. SUS-160915-093326001

Robert ‘Bob’ and Sylvia Cook celebrated 70 years of married bliss on Wednesday (September 14).

The couple married, just after Robert was demobbed from the Royal Marines, at Brockley Presbyterian Church.

After Bob joined the police, they lived in South London and Farnborough where their only child Ronald was born in 1952.

Bob and Sylvia had lived at various addresses in Robertsbridge, Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill before finally settling in Battle to be near their son.

They celebrated their diamond anniversary in Guernsey with their son and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Toby, where they received a standing ovation from other guests as they took the floor for a perfectly flawless anniversary waltz.

Ten years on, they celebrated with a lunch at the Kings Head in Battle with their son Ron, his wife Vikki, their grandchildren, Elizabeth and her husband Joel, and Toby, his wife Christine and their children Finlay and Mattie.

A “drop of Tot” , “a dance a day”, and “never going to bed without saying sorry” has helped to keep this amazing couple together through the post war era, the swinging sixties, the recession and Brexit.

This picture was taken in May this year when Bob, Sylvia, Ron and Vikki enjoyed a champagne lunch aboard a train hauled by the Flying Scotsman around the Surrey Hills.

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