A couple at the heart of their community in Warsash have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Pamela Jupe, 80, (formerly Urry) and Jim Jupe, 85, got married in Alverstoke Church in Gosport in 1954 – exactly one year to the day after they first met.
Pamela says: ‘Our wedding day was wonderful, it was December 4. I remember the day so fondly and the way Jim looked.’
The couple met back in 1953, when Pam worked as a student nurse at Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Jim was a naval officer with HMS Sultan. He went into the hospital to help decorate the wards for Christmas.
They kept in contact and a few months later Jim seized the opportunity to propose in a pub on the Isle of Wight, surrounded by family.
To mark 60 years of married life, the couple held a special celebration at the Solent Hotel in Whiteley at the weekend and invited a small selection of their nearest and dearest.
On December 4 they celebrated the day of their engagement and marriage at their family church, which Pam regularly attends.
She says: ‘It was so special to me to spend our actual anniversary at our church with our children as it’s the first time we’ve all been together for so many years.’
The couple have two children, Phillip Jupe and Vanessa Cave, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pamela says: ‘We’re a good team together and we get through lifes ups and downs together. I don’t see our anniversary as an achievement, I see it as a privilege.’
After spending 22 years in Gosport, Pam and Jim decided to move to Warsash. When they are not running around after their much-loved grandchildren, they spend their time helping the community.
After leaving the navy and joining the police force, Jim has been singing with the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir for nearly 30 years.
Pam volunteered for the Southampton branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association for 12 years and now dedicates her time to the St Mary’s church in Warsash.