Chats over the wall build foundations for our marriage

Tilbury  02/06/11  ''Betty and Ron Tilbury from Waterlooville who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112028-2)
Tilbury 02/06/11 ''Betty and Ron Tilbury from Waterlooville who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112028-2)
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Betty and Ron Tilbury first clapped eyes on each other over the top of a wall.

Now the happy couple are getting ready to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

‘Betty was a hairdresser in Havant and I was a carpenter working in the next door shop,’ recalls Ron.

‘She was doing her hairdressing and we were refurbishing a bank and that’s how we got to know each other. We’d talk over the wall out the back.

‘I noticed her because she was beautiful – she still is.’

The couple, from Waterlooville, spent four years getting to know each other and were married on June 10 1961.

Waterlooville’s St George’s Church was the venue for their big day and they’ve lived locally all their lives.

Betty, 70, and Ron, 72, went on to have a son, Steven. They’re now proud grandparents to two grandchildren.

‘The years have gone by very quick,’ adds Ron. ‘We never argue and we never fall out.’

Although they’re both now retired, Ron still works as a driver for the out of hours doctor’s service in Drayton and Betty does some hairdressing at home.

They plan to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a holiday in Guernsey.

Ron adds: ‘We get on wonderfully and have a lovely family.’