LOVE is the key to sustaining a happy marriage.
That’s the message from Peter and Maureen Fry who have been at each other’s sides for 60 years.
The couple share a bedroom at the Easterlea Rest Home in Denmead and celebrated with friends, family and other residents of the home with a party.
Peter, who is 85, explained: ‘I met her when I was going out with another friend and we came together.
‘She lived at her cousin’s and I didn’t want her to stay there so I got her into a girls’ hostel. We started going out together after that.
‘We started going out in about 1951 and got engaged.
‘We bought ourselves a tandem and went cycling on it together. I told her I would behave myself until we got married.
‘We were married in 1954 and I would not change a day of it. You have these ups and downs in marriage, but that’s life. I love her.’
The pair have one daughter, Susan, who is 58.
In October 1975, she and her father appeared on and won the Generation Game.
‘It’s amazing that they are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary,’ she said.
‘It’s sad that they had to be in a home for it but I managed to get them a room here.
‘It’s an absolutely incredible place for them to live. They have a beautiful bedroom together.
‘They both have different needs now.
‘We have got a lot of friends and family here and their friends in the home are also celebrating with them.’
Friend Gwen Gutteridge, who met Peter through an amateur dramatics group in Portsmouth, made the couple a celebratory cake for their party, complete with an image of them from their wedding day.
The decorations were based on the bouquet that 84-year-old Maureen held on their wedding day.
She said: ‘I have known the two of them for about 40 years. They have always been in love.
‘He has been looking after her for a few years and never once has he moaned about it.’