It was party time last week at a bungalow on Bridge Road, Little Sutton, as residents James and Margaret Sales celebrated their diamond wedding.
Joined by family and friends from as far afield as the West Country, the couple were surprised with a party at their home – an event James (84) certainly enjoyed.
“The champagne was flowing – it gave me a bit of a sore head if I’m honest!”
The pair were also treated to a card from the Queen, an honour they were very pleased with.
“We were not expecting it at all, and were also shocked by the number of visitors who came to congratulate us. It was lovely.”
While the celebration marked a whopping 60 years of marriage, the couple have known one another even longer, having attended the same school in Hampton.
However, it was only once James returned to the area after five years travelling the world as an electrical engineer in the RAF that he and Margaret, now 83, began courting.
Once they married at their local church, the couple then went on to live and work all over the country, having four children along the way.
“Now we have more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than we can keep count of!”
Mr and Mrs Sales eventually settled down in Lincolnshire eight years ago.
Having shared a long and happy life together, the couple are honest when it comes to what they think makes a successful partnership.
“On our wedding day, the vicar told us that marriage is like an empty bucket: if you don’t put anything into it, you certainly won’t get anything out of it. Aside from that, you just need to find someone you are compatible with.”