Some people celebrate 50 years of marriage with an extravagant party but not Denny and Paul Allured.
Instead of a cordon bleu meal the Aylestone couple opted for something a little less fussy – a bite to eat at the local chippy.
Their family wasn’t prepared to let the evening go without a bit of a fanfare though.
Denny’s sister Lynne Patel and daughter Laura created a special poster with gold paper marking the occasion to put in the window of The Ocean Fish Bar in Aylestone.
Chip shop owner Andreas Ioannou even let the family hang balloons in the window.
He knows the couple well and has bought the pair gifts from holidays in the past.
“They’re ever so friendly,” he said.
Lynne, 69, arranged for Laura, her husband Dilip, and other members of the family to join Denny and Paul as a surprise too.
Lynne said: “They’re just down-to-earth people.
“They don’t eat out a lot, Denny doesn’t like a fuss but they visit the chippy once a week or fortnight.”
They lived in Newquay, Cornwall for seven years, where they were married before moving back to Leicester.
Paul worked for Leicester City Council and Denny worked at Brucciani’s before they both retired.
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The 70-year-olds now live in Aylestone together where they are well known by their local community.
“Denny is a really caring person. – Our mum died a couple of years ago and she always takes care of everyone,” Lynne said.
“She remembers everyone’s birthdays and she’s always buying things for her grandchildren.”
Andreas said: “It’s very exciting – they’re very good customers of ours.
“We wouldn’t do this for every customer.”
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