Love blossomed after couple met by chance

Lucy and Joe Oliver received a card from the Queen to mark their diamond anniversary and, inset, the couple on their wedding day.  Picture: Sarah Standing (114252-4265)
Lucy and Joe Oliver received a card from the Queen to mark their diamond anniversary and, inset, the couple on their wedding day. Picture: Sarah Standing (114252-4265)

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Lucy and Joe Oliver celebrated 60 years of marriage by having their wedding rings blessed.

The couple, from Copnor, returned to the spot where they got married to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

Lucy and Joe Oliver on their wedding day.

Lucy and Joe Oliver on their wedding day.

They tied the knot at the Church of the Ascension in Portsmouth on December 1, 1951.

But it was a chance meeting and a boastful colleague that brought them together in the first place.

Joe was working in a local sawmill when he first met Lucy in 1946.

A friend from work had been bragging about how many girls he knew. So Joe went out that night to see if his mate was telling the truth – and Lucy was one of the girls he met.

‘That was it from then on,’ says Joe. ‘We grew on each other.’

Romance blossomed and the couple got engaged, eventually marrying two months after Joe returned from serving abroad with the army.

‘It was straight back to work after the wedding,’ adds Joe, 80. ‘We never even had a honeymoon. We’ve been very happy.’

The couple went on to have two sons, Michael and Peter. They also have grandchildren Dominic, Emily and Miriam, plus great-grandsons Caleb and Reuben.