Oakham couple who met as students celebrate 60 years

John and Jean Bickley have been married for 60 years EMN-140708-093852001
John and Jean Bickley have been married for 60 years EMN-140708-093852001
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A couple who had careers in teaching say their common interest and ability to compromise helped keep the bonds of their sixty-year marriage strong.

Jean and John Bickley met in 1952 when they were students in London.

John, 83, was studying sciences at St John’s college and Jean, 82, had been training in food technology at the National Training College.

Three years after meeting at a joint colleges dance the couple married at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Preston, Rutland.

They marked the 60th anniversary of their August 6 nuptials with a lunch for friends from the village at the Falcon Hotel, in Uppingham.

Mr Bickley said their common career and their children Penny and St John were among the key aspects that helped them have a happy marriage.

“We both had the same occupation and were keen on education which meant we could talk about it and have discussions,” he said.

“When you live together for that length of time you also learn to understand each other.”

Mrs Bickley said: “We both also love our home and have similar standards where everything is concerned. We tend to have the same ideas but if they were different one of us compromised and we just agreed to think differently.”

Mrs Bickley, whose maiden name was Bishop, was born in Preston, in Rutland.

The couple, who now live in Ashton, near Ketton, and have worked in education in several parts of the country, ended their careers as heads of comprehensive schools in Oxford.