A long-married city couple have shared details of their accomplished lives and extensive community involvement ahead of their platinum wedding anniversary.

John and Heather Ferguson, aged 93 and 90 respectively, have spent their lifetimes in Norwich, currently living in Unthank Road.

John's early years were humble, both his parents were workers in Norwich shoe factories.

At nine he demonstrated remarkable intelligence, ranking top 30 in the city’s exams.

By 1946, post-school, he embarked on varied roles at Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, punctuated by two years National Service in Hong Kong.

John and Heather Ferguson married in 1954 John and Heather Ferguson married in 1954 (Image: Submitted)

His true calling emerged at 35 when he trained as a social worker and progressively achieved a senior role at Norfolk County Council.

Heather, the daughter of a railway worker, attended Thetford Grammar School for Girls before joining Norfolk County Council, where she met John.

The couple married on August 14, 1954.

After marriage, Heather worked for Commercial Union Assurance and following a period as a mother to two children, held roles at Boots the Chemist and Norwich Union before retirement.

John and Heather's contributions to their community have been vast.

John showcased his sporting and artistic talents, excelling in football, squash, and golf, and mastering diverse skills such as creative writing, painting, carpentry, and winemaking.

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Heather, a longstanding church attendee, won awards for homemade marmalade, led a flower arranging class and walking group.

Their elder son Michael, born in 1959, currently holds a University Professorship in Human Resources Management and runs a business for the enhancement of managerial professionals.

His brother Barry, born in 1962, read law at Cambridge University and became a solicitor in Norwich, maintaining a broad legal practice and being known locally for his somewhat unusual approach.

The Fergusons’ story embodies hard work, intelligence, and most importantly, community involvement, making the couple a cherished part of Norwich life.