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Washing and drying

Avril first met her partner in the summer after school ended at a church summer camp in Brading in the Isle of Wight. Her youth leader worked at Hoovers and invited some of the younger employees to come to the camp as well. Her partner came to the trip with her youth leader, whereas Avril came with her friends. Avril and her future partner were in the same team on washing up duty. He was in charge of washing and Avril was in charge of drying. From this time their love blossomed.

After coming home, their first date was to see an ‘X rated,’ over 18s only, film with a pop-eye Doyle hero character. They were engaged in 1977 when they were 24 and got married in the September of that year. The washing and drying up at their church summer camp served them well and they have been married for 41 years, have three children and three grandchildren.

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