Diane Branch aged 22, making a fuss of Jonny, the second of Harry’s Staffordshire Bull Terriers outside the old farmhouse at Station Farm, Stanhoe in 1965.
Diane was the fiancée of Chris Branch at this time.
Chris Branch says in 2011:
Diane, my new fiancée was keen to meet Harry and Blanche Calver. We planned to wait no more than 3 years before we married. We lasted out for 30 months. Harry and Blanche had the longest engagement ever, of over 35 years!
Harry’s dog Jonny gets a stroke from Diane and seems to enjoy it. He knows she is wearing her “Hush Puppies”.
Doing the Calver Family tree it struck me that just as Diane was 22 years old then (1965), my Grandfather and Grandmother, Thomas Henry Calver and Edith Amelia (Nee Riches) were married about that age (22 and 20 respectively) in spring 1896. They had their first son Arthur Calver in 1897. I was just 19 in 1965 and I married Diane when I was 21 (pretty well in line with the Calver tradition). Diane was 24.
But those Calvers were so brave to do what they did. More research shows that the Calver family had run a 637 acre farm at Burnham Thorpe since at least 1841. Edith Amelia Calver (Nee Riches) was from Burnham Overy Staithe - her father being a Miller and they had a shop too. The 1891 census shows her mother Mary A Riches as “Head” and widowed and “an employer”; A son James V Riches (12) was “a Baker”; a sister Mary E Riches was a “Grocer’s Assistant” while Edith Amelia Riches (15) was a “Baker’s Assistant”.
Although the line was closed to passengers in 1952 the railway linked all the Calvers together. The Calvers were truly “online”.