FORMER council leader John Geater and his wife June are celebrating their diamond wedding.

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The couple were married at St Margaret’s Church in Leiston on November 22, 1952, and have lived in Westward Ho in the town ever since.

Mr Geater, 83, was a teacher for many years at Leiston High School and at Kesgrave.

He was also a founder member of Suffolk Coastal District Council from its formation in 1973, and was chairman of the council in 1985/86.

He sat as a Conservative on the council until the elections in May 2011. By the time he stood down he had been a Suffolk Coastal councillor for 34 years, having spent four years off the council from 1995 to 1999 when a Labour/LibDem coalition ran the authority. He was also chairman of Leiston Town Council three times.

Mrs Geater, 81, ran the family business – an egg and fruit farm – for many years. The couple have four children and six grandchildren. They are celebrating their anniversary with a party for the family at the weekend.

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