A couple from Tallington, who are the perfect role models to their married children, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Jack Pearson, 92, and his wife Vera, 89, have spent their entire married life in the village after getting married in the parish church on a wet day in 1943.
Vera, who is a lifelong resident, having been born and bred in the village, said: “I wouldn’t be without him.
“We are very happy. I hope everyone is as happy at this age.”
Jack jokingly said the secret of their long-lasting relationship was good luck. Vera added equally jovially that the secret was eating well.
Vera and Jack have obviously set their children, Raymond, 69, Ivan, 67, Pamela, 66 and Carol, 57, a good example when it comes to lasting marriages. All of their children are still married to their first partners.
Carol said: “It just seems normal to us to be in lasting marriages.”
Jack, who worked as a burner at DowMac concrete factory in Tallington and Vera, who worked at Tallington Rest Home providing care and cooking, also have 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Carol said: “We are a very lucky family. We are quite a close knit family and the majority of the us have stayed fairly local.”
Family and friends are getting together to celebrate the platinum wedding anniversary on Sunday, with a party at the village hall.