A couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a family lunch in their favourite pub.
Ray and Eileen Knights met at a Valentine’s dance 61 years ago. A year later they were married at the Congregational Church in Harringworth, Rutland.
In 1955 they moved to their present home in Coppice Road, Ryhall, where they raised their two children Craig and Hilary.
The couple have three grandchildren Morgan, 17, Zac, 11 and Leanne, 21.
Mrs Knights, 82, said their recipe for a good marriage was no secret. She and her husband Ray, 84, faced their difficulties, family troubles and illnesses by standing by each other.
“We stick together and help each other and we get through problems together,” she said.
She fears people today are too selfish and are “never satisfied with what they have, always wanting more”.
She said: “In our day we were happy with whatever little we had. And we always put other people before ourselves.”
Mrs Knights said they opted for a family lunch at the Ye Old Bertie Arms, in Uffington, because they like it and didn’t want any big celebrations.
Asked what advice she could give to your couples planning to get married, Mrs Knights said: “They should help each other and look after one another. That will go a long way to having a happy marriage.”
The couple’s daughter-in-law Lorna, from Portsmouth, who is married to Craig, said: “You could not wish for better parents-in-law. They are always there for us and adore their two grandsons.”