June and Tom James celebrated their diamond anniversary yesterday (Thursday).
The couple met when Tom was based with the army at Marchwood in Southampton and June was working in the NAAFI.
Tom explained: “Every Monday I used to go up to the NAAFI for some matches just to speak to her.”
Soon it wasn’t just the matches creating sparks as the pair started courting and were married at St. John’s Church near the base.
Tom then took his new bride to meet his parents in Liverpool and still remembers a special act of generosity.
“We didn’t have much money and a stranger in the train coach who found out we had just got married bought us a tray of treats,” he said.
The James’ have enjoyed an exciting life with Tom’s job working with cranes and earth-moving equipment in the army taking him to Palestine, Cyprus and Singapore.
“When Tom went to Singapore me and the family went with him,” added June.
They are now settled in Caythorpe, and are marking their diamond anniversary with a family meal.
They had five children but sadly lost a son in a motorcycling accident, and have three grandsons.
Asked what the secret of their 60 years together was, Tom added: “My good looks and her brains.”