Essex couple mark golden wedding by recreating Yarmouth honeymoon rollercoaster ride


An Essex couple have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by recreating their honeymoon at a Norfolk theme park.

Peter and Christine Draper marked their 50 years together by revisiting one of the favourite parts of their honeymoon half a century earlier - a ride on the Yarmouth Pleasure Beach rollercoaster.

Peter and Christine were married in Essex in 1971 Credit: ITV Anglia

In 1971, the couple chose a Hemsby honeymoon and this year they decided to mark their golden wedding anniversary by going back on the rollercoaster for the first time during a day out with their children and grandchildren.

Mr Draper, 69, said: "We loved going on it. We always thought it was faster at the back than the front but that isn't the case. We did think about moving here but we ended up emigrating to Australia.

Mrs Draper, 66, added: "It was fun. I was a bit nervous before I went on it but once the ride started, it was fine. I would go on it again."

Peter and Christine Draper wanted to recreate their honeymoon rollercoaster ride Credit: ITV Anglia

The couple have moved back to England from Australia and now visit Yarmouth at least once a year.

Jamie Jones, director of Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, said: "The day brought back a lot of nostalgia for them. It is a really exciting day for them, and I am glad they have enjoyed their day here."