Lawrence and Dorothy Brinn have enjoyed many happy years and been through some extremely tough times too since meeting at a servicemen’s club in the early 1950s.
Now they’re thrilled to be celebrating their diamond wedding with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
The Lee-on-the-Solent couple marked 60 years of marriage with a party at The Crofton pub in Fareham at the weekend.
‘It really doesn’t seem like 60 years,’ says Dorothy, who met Lawrence at the social club in North Finchley, London when they were both having an evening out with their families.
They went on to have five children and went through an extremely tough time when their 18-month-old daughter Pauline died in a road accident.
Dorothy says: ‘It was a massive strain on the whole family and we never stop thinking about her, especially on her birthday and at times like this.’
Their other children, Raymond, Gary, Beverley and Deborah, now have families of their own.
Both Londoners, the couple crossed paths when Lawrence returned from his navy posting for a visit. They hit it off and were married within a year.
‘I suppose we just knew,’ says Dorothy, who said ‘yes’ after Lawrence proposed while they were sat on the top deck of a London bus.
The couple had very humble beginnings, renting two rooms in a shared building in London. They moved around, living in Cornwall, Devon and eventually Gosport, where Lawrence, a navy chief cook, was posted at HMS Sultan.
Dorothy, 79, and Lawrence, now 81, believe the secret of a long and happy marriage is to be supportive and never sleep on an argument.