They were childhood sweethearts and now Margaret and David Journeaux are celebrating their golden wedding.
The couple grew up near each other in Portsmouth and were part of the same group of friends.
‘There were a few of us – boys and girls. We used to play cricket and rounders and go over the hill,’ recalls Margaret. ‘It isn’t like that for kids now. We used to walk for miles.’
Margaret was 19 and David 21 when they were married at St Mary’s Church in Fratton.
The couple spent their honeymoon near Brighton and then followed it up with a summer holiday in Jersey.
Margaret, who started working life in a drapery store, and David, a former engineer, have lived in Portsmouth all their lives and brought up two daughters.
They will be having a quiet anniversary with close family as David has dementia.
Margaret says: ‘It’s hard but we’ve had some lovely years. David has been a wonderful loving husband and a caring father.’
And she has plenty of special memories. ‘We had some lovely holidays together. We’ve been to America where we saw the Grand Canyon. And we toured Canada, that was absolutely beautiful.
‘I know people often say they never row but we haven’t really. We’ve had disagreements, obviously, but they were never that bad. We’ve had a lovely marriage.’