Ian and Evelyn Duffy, recently enjoyed a nostalgic evening with friends as they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in the hotel where they first met. The couple sent out invites requesting “No presents please!” for the happy occasion, instead raising the handsome sum of £500 each, for two charities close to their hearts.
The special evening took place in the Trumpet Hall of the Rose & Crown Hotel, where the couple first met in 1965, when Ian spotted Evelyn from the stage whilst playing guitar with then well-known group “Danny Ford & the Offbeats”. One of the songs featured on the 2017 event’s evening’s playlist as Ian explained how they met, was his own rendition of the Beatles’ track “I Saw Her Standing There”, which he introduced with the line: “The way she looked was way beyond compare.”
“Danny Ford & the Offbeats” have long since disbanded, so Ian got together his original group group “Rod Kingston and the Premiers” to make a guest appearance alongside headline act “The Locals”: a band in which their son Steven plays the drums. The Premiers reformed, consisted of Rod Codling (vocals), Brian Dunn (keyboards & vocals), Alan Darby (drums) and Ian (guitar/bass/vocals), Mike Baker of the Locals played bass when Ian took to the guitar.
Guests accompanying the couple on their walk down memory lane on the evening were invited to make a donation to the couple’s chosen charities: SADS U.K and the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity which have both now received the sum of around £500.
Mr. & Mrs. Duffy would like to thank their guests for their generosity and are pleased to have been able to assist the work of both charities in this way. Their daughter Michelle Knight is the Matron and Clinical Nurse Specialist who runs the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, an Arthur Rank Hospice service caring for those living with a life-limiting illness in Wisbech, the Fenlands and the surrounding area. The couple have supported SADS for over 10 years after their daughter Suzanne unexpectedly died in her sleep at the age of 32.