Six decades after a chance meeting at a cinema in Oakham a couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Christine Adcock was just 16 years old when she bumped into Cecil at the picture house. Neither remembers what film they saw.
“It just goes to show how much notice we took of it,” said Mrs Adcock, laughing. “We talked about it and tried to recall, but we couldn’t remember the name of the film.”
The couple had to wait until Mr Adcock completed his National Service six years later before they could tie the knot at St Mary’s Church, in Ashwell, on August 7, 1954.
On Sunday, Mr and Mrs Adcock celebrated the anniversary of the happy occasion with 30 guests at Normanton Park Hotel, in Oakham.
The couple, of Grampian Way, Oakham, who were both born in Rutland and have lived there ever since.
They had two children Stephen, 47, and daughter Hilary, who died aged 41 in 1996, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild with another due soon.
Mr Adcock, a motor mechanic until he retired, said of his wife: “She’s a great girl. One of the best. And a good cook.”
He said their mutual interest in sports was among the many things they had in common and which helped them to have a happy marriage.
Mrs Adcock, who was a clerk at Corah, in Oakham, believes it was the “comradeship and love” that has kept them together all these years.
She said: “He has been a good husband and he worked hard.”
Both say it does not feel like 60 years since they met and married.
“The years seem to have flown by,” said Mr Adcock.