Maintaining a cheerful disposition and being grateful for the good things in life seem to be key to the long-lasting marriage of David and Joan Johnson, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today.
The couple, who live in Haverhill, initially met more than 60 years when both still living in London. The first time they stepped out together was on a blind date at the cinema and from there the romance blossomed.
Having tied the knot in St Mary’s Church in Holloway on March 23, 1957 they eventually decided to move out of the capital, arriving in Haverhill in September 1969.
David, an electrician and keen golfer who worked for 27 years at Haverhill Meat Products, celebrated his 83rd birthday two days before their anniversary and quipped ‘that’s why I now get only one present.’
The couple have a son, David, and a daughter Karen and had three grandchildren, David, Toni and Danny.
They lost grandson Danny Chapman to a tragic accident six years ago, when he was just 18, but despite the awful loss and other testing times in their lives the couple retain a positive outlook on life.
David, who admits to ‘always singing,’ a trait that Joan confesses ‘drives me mad’ said: “You’ve got to keep smiling, whatever happens you’ve got to keep laughing and doing things because it you don’t, well, it’s no good being miserable.”
Joan, who is 80, added: “I look and see that there are a lot of people worse off than me. That’s how I look at it.”
The couple have treated themselves to a two-week holiday in Lanzarote, so are away for their diamond anniversary.
They have however, pledged to take their family out for a meal when they get back to the house in Haverhill that they first bought while it was still being built and in which they have stayed for the past 31 years.