When Den and Annie Long went into St Peter’s Church, Titchfield to get married it was a dry but freezing cold day.
By the time the newly-weds and their families and friends emerged it was snowing and it wouldn’t stop for about three months.
The Fareham couple were married on Boxing Day in the long, cold winter of 1962/63. Their wedding pictures among a flurry of snowflakes prove that their nuptials marked the start of the Big Freeze.
But the Long marriage has been anything but frosty. Den, 71, and Annie, 69. who recently marked their golden wedding with a disco and buffet at the Royal Naval Association Club in Gosport, say they have had their ups and downs but have adopted the motto ‘never let the sun go down on an argument’.
Annie says: ‘We still love each other dearly. I think in a marriage you have to be prepared to say sorry even if you don’t think you’re in the wrong. Things don’t always run smoothly but that’s what makes you stronger. That’s how you test your mettle. Things aren’t always perfect but you can’t expect that.’
The couple met at a Titchfield Carnival dance when Annie was 15 and Den 16. They were married four years later. Den was a bus driver for 35 years. Annie works at Ferneham Hall and takes the photographs for Fareham in Bloom.
They have two children and three grandchildren.