John and Stephanie Beaton are celebrating 60 happy years together with their diamond wedding anniversary.
The couple, from Paulsgrove, first met when they worked for the gas company and were married at St Thomas’ Church, Gosport on April 12, 1952.
Stephanie, now 79, says: ‘He was the office boy and one of the girls said they were interviewing the new one, which was John.’
John, now 78, then came in to pay his mother’s electric bill while he was on holiday, but admitted he was really there to see Stephanie.
They have three sons, Kevin, Stephen and Ian, and nine grandchildren Sarah, Jack, George, Sophie, Catherine, William, Jessica, Camilla and Olivia.
To celebrate the anniversary they had a big party with all their friends and family at the Marriott Hotel, Paulsgrove, and received a telegram from the Queen congratulating them.