A loving couple from Banbury enjoyed a surprise celebration as they marked 60 sparkling years together.
Pat and Keith Price of Lansdown Close reached their diamond wedding anniversary last Thursday and, to celebrate, a surprise meal was organised by Pat’s family at the Saye & Sele Arms in Broughton.
Mrs Price, 81, said: “It was an absolutely wonderful day. My sister had organised everything and I had never seen anything like it – all my brothers and sisters were there and they stood up when we arrived. We knew nothing about it but had such a brilliant day.”
The couple were courting for two years while Ken was a corporal in the Royal Army Service Corps and they married in Great Tew on March 27, 1954.
They spent a few days in London for their honeymoon before settling in Little Tew and then moving to Southmoor in Oxford. Mr Price worked for the electrician firm Lindars for more than 50 years until his retirement in 1996.
They also spent 30 years living in the village of Longworth near Kingston Bagpuize before settling in Banbury more than ten years ago to be close to Pat’s brothers and sisters.
Mr Price, 82, said: “We have always got on and done everything together. We’ve got great family and friends.”
Although the couple have no children, Mrs Price has five sisters and three brothers that all live nearby and more than 30 nieces and nephews.