Sticking together through the good times and the bad is the secret to a long marriage say a couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary yesterday.
Rob and Jean Copping, of Westland Road, Cottesmore, tied the knot 60 years ago and have enjoyed a lifetime of happiness ever since.
The pair met at a fairground following an annual flower show in Suffolk.
Jean was a personal secretary for a local building firm and Rob was home on leave from RAF Colerne in Wiltshire.
Jean was curious about Rob’s uniform, worn by technicians in the 1950s and this led to their first date at the cinema.
The couple got married a year later, and their two sons Graham and Ian were born in 1955 and 1959. Rob and Jean are now grandparents to five grandsons, a great granddaughter and two great grandsons, the last of which, Daniel, arrived on Monday morning adding to the joy of their celebrations.
Rob had a number of postings during his time in the RAF in Germany, Cyprus, Malta and Sardinia before retiring in 1986 at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire.
The pair set up their family home in Cottesmore in 1968 and have lived there ever since.
Rob said: “I think staying together through the good times and the bad is what makes a happy marriage last.
“We have found working around life’s problems together and enjoying the good times that follow is a good philosophy to try to follow.
“We’re always there for each other and enjoy each others company.”
Rob, 82, and Jean, 80, are marking their anniversary at the The Old Wisteria Hotel in Oakham on Saturday.
Friends and family members are attending from far and wide to celebrate with them on the day.
Rob added: “I’m really looking forward to our celebrations and it will be nice to have everyone there with us. We’ve got friends and family coming from Norfolk, Suffolk, Birmingham and Southampton. It will be really nice to see them all.”