Margaret and Trevor Lewry have two daughters, six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, so there was a big gathering to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Titchfield couple celebrated with family and friends and wondered where all the years had gone.
‘It’s amazing really, you look back and think “how on earth can it be 60 years?”,’ says Margaret.
‘You don’t think you’ll be here like this 60 years later, but here we are and we’re very glad. We’ve got a fantastic family, we couldn’t have a better one. We’re very lucky.’
Most of the family made it to the celebrations on December 19.
Margaret, 78, and 79-year-old Trevor were marking 60 years but they have actually known each other a lot longer.
She was just 13 when she spotted football fan Trevor picking up the Sports Mail at the local newsagent in Gosport.
‘I used to hang around waiting for him,’ she laughs. ‘I liked the look of him and he was kind of quiet. He hasn’t changed really.’
Margaret’s little sister Jennifer, who was just three when the couple met, was also a big fan.
‘She absolutely loved him and wanted to go everywhere with us. And he loved her it was never a problem with him, She still thinks he’s the cat’s whiskers,’ laughs Margaret.
The couple were married at Brockhurst Baptist Church in Gosport when Margaret was 18 and Trevor was 19.
They settled in the area and Trevor worked as a bricklayer – a family trade – throughout his career.
Margaret concentrated on raising the children but when she was in her 40s, trained to be a psychiatric nurse and worked in the profession for 20 years.
She says give and take has made the marriage work. ‘We’ve had some bad times but at the end of the day we had each other and Trevor’s been as much of a friend as a husband.
‘We’ve always loved each other and still do.’