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MICHAEL and Meta Bawden (right), of Foleshill Road, Coventry, have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

The couple met at the GEC and later married (far right) at St Kessogs Church in Perthshire.

Michael completed two years National Service in the Royal Marines, and on his return worked for the next 20 years at the GEC factory in Coventry.

He was then a publican for 15 years, before becoming a club steward. Meta also worked at GEC and helped Michael in the licensed trade.

The couple have four children, Rona, Terry, Dean and Helen, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Michael likes collecting pub jugs and Meta enjoys crosswords.

To celebrate their anniversary, the couple have been spending time with Meta's mother in Scotland.

JAMES and Leanne Curley, of Holburn Avenue, Coventry, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on August 6.

The couple met when James began playing for St Finbar's GAA Club, and Leanne's brother also played for them, and later married in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Leanne is a finance analyst and James is an engineer.

To celebrate their anniversary, the couple spent a long weekend in Granada.


VICTORIA GWYNNE, daughter of Lynette Gwynne, of King's Lynn, Norfolk, married Gavin Morris, son of Janet Morris, and step-son of Dean Lovell, of Clovelly Road, Wyken, Coventry, at The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

The couple took their vows in the Victorian bandstand and later held a reception in the buildings within the gardens.

Gavin was born and brought up in Coventry, and is now a primary school teacher in Derby.

Victoria is taking a career break after completing a fine art degree, to look after their baby daughter, Ariadne.

They met when Gavin was a guitarist in a band and played a gig in Hereford, which was Vickie's home town.

ERICA BOCKHART, daughter of Gerry and George Bockhart, of Bay Port, New York, married Lee Bartmanis, son of Nick and Mary Bartmanis, of Green Lane, Coventry, on July 23 at Lands End, Sayville, New York.

The couple spent their honeymoon in New York.


JAYNE SWIFT, of Meriden, celebrated her 30th birthday in style, after her family organised a surprise party (above) at the Manor Hotel, Meriden.

Jayne's party was full of glitz and glamour, complete with a black and white dress code. Among the guests were old school friends, work colleagues from Bristol Street Motors, as well as family and friends.

Jayne, who is also known as Jay, said it was a night she will remember for the rest of her life.

OLIVER James Butler (left) had a swinging time when he celebrated his first birthday.

He had a barbecue party and invited his big brother Harry, his mum and dad and his Nannie, Grandma and Grandad, Auntie Joanne, Uncle Neil and Keith.

He had a great time but his Nanny ended up in A&E with a broken ankle!

His mum, Paula took this picture of Oliver on the new swing he was given for his birthday.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 10, 2006
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