Claydon couple, Chris and Judith Studd, to celebrate 50 years of marriage
Back in the Swinging 60s, he was a former world stock car racing champion and she was his number one fan.
Now, 50 years on, Chris and Judith Studd celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
The couple, who share the same birthday, marked the special occasion on Saturday, having married on October 7, 1967.
It would appear that they found love after discovering a mutual passion for cars and former stock car legend Mr Studd describes his wife as his number one fan.
“I used to pick her up and we would repair cars together,’’ Mr Studd said. “She would also come with me when I went racing four times a week.
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“I was the world international champion in 1964 and one of the first people to be sponsored by Wings, an American oil company.”
The pair got engaged in 1965 at Foxhall Stadium before Chris took part in a race. “We picked to get married in October because in them days if you got married that time of year you got a tax rebate,” Mr Studd said.
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The couple, of Church Lane, Claydon, first met at Ipswich Civic College, where they were both students. She was training to be hairdresser while he was studying vehicle engineering.
Mr Studd, 72, said: “I approached her first, I thought she was very stunning. When you see the wedding photos you will understand why.”
Mrs Studd, 70 said: “I thought he was a bit of a joker, I didn’t think it would come to anything.”
Their first date was in September 1963 at The Ramsholt Arms pub in Woodbridge.
“The date went very well,” Mr Studd said. The pair have been together ever since.
The duo celebrated their anniversary with their family and friends on Saturday and intend to return to Jersey to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon.
And the secret to a long, happy marriage?
“Looking after each other,” Mr Studd said. “You have your ups and downs but you have to work it out.
“You live with each other and you need to get along with each other. Marriage isn’t always all roses but about companionship.”
Mrs Studd added: “Give and take, we have had difficult situations to deal with but the key thing is to support each other. Life isn’t always ideal.”