A Northend couple who first met when they were children have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
John and Glenis Page, now 78 and 79, met when John was evacuated to the village from London during the Second World War.
They both went to the village school and fell in love when they were about 11 years old. On Glenis’s 18th birthday they got engaged and eventually fitted in the wedding and honeymoon on November 28, 1953 – when Mr Page was on a two-week embarkation leave from national service.
The young couple held their wedding reception at the school and have lived in Northend ever since.
Mr Page said: “The only reason we’ve been married for 60 years is because she has put with me!”
But not according to Mrs Page, nee Warner, who said: “I’ve loved him since I was 11 and he knows that!”
The couple have two children, nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. All of them are musical and for the past 17 years, Mr Page – a talented guitarist – has been a member of Summer Wine; a group of bands playing 1930s and 1940s dance band music.
Of course, music was a large part of the celebrations which took place last Saturday when about 75 of the couple’s family and friends filled the village hall.
“On the day we just could not find the words to describe how grateful we are for everyone’s kindness and generosity – we are so lucky,” said Mrs Page.