On the 28 March Mike and Betty Paine of South Undercliffe celebrated 50 years of marriage but the real party took place two days later when the family pulled many surprises out of the bag. Unfortunately this event took place after “Rye’s Own” had gone to press but we were let into the secret and can report that, all being well, the day of surprises started when their son Trevor, who lives in Canada and was not expected in England again untill next year, arrived for the celebrations.
Next big surprise was when Mike and Betty were taken to Rye Harbour on the pretext that they were getting a surprise present. They were, a helicopter trip around Rye and then to Lydd Airport where the celebrations began in earnest with a Golden Anniversary Party with all the family present. The Paines’ have four sons, Andrew, Philip, Nicky and Trevor. They are justly proud of them all.
Mike and Betty Paine pictured on their wedding day 28 March 1953.
Nicky is self employed and is known locally as an all round sportsman. He plays Cricket for Rye and is a low handicap golfer. Son Philip organises the Brighton Bus Company.
Trevor Paine has spent the last twenty three years serving his adopted country, Canada. His work in the Sports and Recreation field has led to him being awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. This was presented, at a special ceremony, by the Queen’s Representative the Governor General of Canada.
He served in the R.A.F. before moving to Canada Betty and Mike Paine live in their comfortable home in South Undercliffe and enjoy their garden which is a picture. Mike has worked for many years at the Rye harbour Wharf. Both Mike and Betty are popular figures in the town. Rye’s Own wishes them a long and happy life.
Rye’s Own April 2003
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