Today (Thursday) is indeed a diamond day for Len and Brenda Spencer as they celebrate 60 years together as man and wife.
The couple, from Hazel Close, Haverhill, first met in 1952 at the old White Hart pub in the town when they stood at the bar together and he offered to buy her a drink.
They were clearly quite impressed with one another as that first drink led to two years of courtship before they wed on April 17, 1954 at the Cambridge Register office.
Len, 85 and Brenda, 80, now have five children, David, Susan, Richard, Carol and Dave plus nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Brenda originates from Horseheath and Len from Tottenham in London and the two only met in Haverhill because both were going to a dance at the town hall.
Len was evacuated to Haverhill in 1939, staying for three years before returning to London to take up an apprenticeship in the electrical trade.
It was during one of Len’s frequent visits to the family with whom he lodged as an evacuee that the two met.
Having married they first lived in a cottage in Mill Road, where their eldest child Susan was born.
They soon moved to Hazel Close, where they have stayed ever since.
Brenda, who has volunteered in the Royal British Legion for 47 years, work that has earned her the Freedom of Haverhill, said of the longevity of their marriage: “It’s about give and take. We have our moments when we argue but we’ve not done too badly.”
The couple will celebrate their anniversary with their family at the Horse and Groom in Cornish Hall End on Saturday.