David and Frances Camp, from Alverstoke, met as children, and little would they know that they would celebrate 60 years of marriage together.
David, now 81, lived two doors down from Frances’ aunty. They met when Frances was 11.
‘When I went to visit her we would play and we got friendly,’ says Frances, 78.
Frances was born in Malta to a Maltese mother and English father, who was in the armed forces.
She went with her parents to Austria for three years, but then returned to Portsmouth.
‘I was 16 and I saw David again. He asked me out for a drink, and that was the beginning.’
“Shall we run away and get married” – those were the words he usedFrances Camp, 78, from Gosport
The couple got married at St Marys Church in Gosport.
‘“Shall we run away and get married” – those were the words he used,’ says Frances.
They went to Butlins for their honeymoon a few days later.
It had special significance because David’s birthday was two days after the wedding.
‘It was great,’ says David. ‘In those days if you got married before April you got an income tax rebate, so there were lots of couples there to celebrate as well.’
Frances worked as a receptionist at a hairdressers, and in later life as a cashier in Waitrose.
David worked in the dockyard for 20 years and then at the Post Office for 29 years.
The couple have two children together – Deborah, 58, and Martin, 55 – and five grandchildren: Pascale, 25, Cara, 23, Fabhian, 23, Shannen, 21 and Jordan, 19, who shares the same birthday as his granddad.
To celebrate their anniversary, David and Frances will be going to Malta, a present from their family.
‘I can’t say we didn’t argue but making up was better,’ says Frances.
‘We are dead different – if I like white he likes black.
‘They do say opposites attract though don’t they.’