Tom and Jean Bland recently celebrated their 90th birthdays and their 69th wedding anniversary.

They have lived ‘on the town’ since 1952; firstly in Bruce Road and now on Walker Lane and raised five children – one of whom still lives on the town.

Jean worked at Newton Press for many years and as a school assistant after she ‘retired’, Tom worked for a number of companies on the trading estate and finally at the garage on the town.

They visited eldest son, David in Dorset, who also did his apprenticeship at Newton Press in the early 1970’s, where the couple were treated to high tea and a dash in a sports car with the top down to celebrate – topless at 90!

Congratulations to you both.