Barbara and Ken Russell celebrate their Diamond Wedding

On Sunday 15th July, a large group of family and friends gathered at Old Meeting House Dudley to celebrate the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Barbara and Ken Russell. The service was conducted by Rev. Penny Johnson, who had been Barbara and Ken’s bridesmaid sixty years before. Following a welcome to the congregation by Sandy Ellis, Clerk to the Dudley Trustees, the readings included Psalm 16, because their “lines have fallen in pleasant places”, a recipe for sixty years of happiness written by Barbara herself, and two short pieces, one from Winnie the Pooh and one by George Eliot. The hymns included one written especially for the occasion by Barbara. After the service, the congregation enjoyed some time to share and reminisce, together with some lovely refreshments, including a special cake, which the happy couple cut.