Diamond duo say humour is marriage key
ON a cold day 60 years ago, Bruce and Barbara Townsend tied the knot at Long Eaton Church.
The pair had known each other since they were 10 years old and were pupils at the Strutts Grammar School in Belper.
Barbara, 84, of Castle Donington, said: "When we got married it was 48 years to the end of the century, which seemed a long time. We never even thought about a diamond wedding anniversary."
Following their marriage, they moved into a flat in Duffield Road, close to the Five Lamps.
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Barbara was working as an Inland Revenue inspector and Bruce, now 83, was working at Rolls-Royce.
Barbara left work after giving birth to their first child, Bronwen, followed by Louise, Alison and finally Jim.
Barbara is modest about the couple's diamond wedding achievement. She said: "We know a lot of people who are coming up to theirs. I think we had less wandering eyes than people do now.
"I would say to people to keep a sense of humour and always talk to one another. Life is too serious a thing to take seriously."