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Trowbridge couple mark their diamond day
A diamond Trowbridge couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family meal on Thursday.
Vernon and Bernice Brooks, of Queens Road, dinned at The Bell, in Broughton Gifford, with their three grown-up children, Debbie, Dawn and James.
As a gift from their children, to mark their milestone, they will be taking a trip on a canal barge to The Cross Guns, in Avoncliff, for a meal, later this month.
Mrs Brooks, 79, who worked at Clark’s Mill, said: “We had a lovely meal and it was a great way to spend the anniversary. We got lots of cards, even one from the Queen, but she didn’t want to pop round for a cup of tea with us though.”
The couple, who have eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, first met in 1951 and married at Conigre Unitarian Church, on August 8, 1953, honeymooning in Torquay.
Retired carpenter Mr Brooks, 82, a former West Wilts District Council maintenance inspector, said: “We’ve enjoyed our lives together. We’ve never had any serious rows although sometimes we don’t talk to each other for a day or two but that’s part of being married.”
Mr and Mrs Brooks have lived in their home for more than 50 years and have a pet shih tzu called Pip while they also keep birds in their garden.
Mrs Brooks said: “I think it is a very different age we live in now where people split up all the time and mothers have children with lots of different surnames.
“We are very happy plodding along and I think any couple who say they’ve never had a crossed word are lying, as disagreements happen in marriage, but you move on from them.”
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