If Sutton Bridge needs ambassadors to help promote living in the village, diamond wedding anniversary couple Don and Rose Boyce (both 80) may be the answer.
The couple hosted a family get-together with their son Stephen, step-daughter Karen Corner and some of their four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at their home in Stanley Drive.
Mr Boyce, a retired bricklayer, met his wife in London’s East End when they were both aged 19 in the Teddy Boys’ era of the 1950s.
They married a year later with the permission of their parents at a time when consent was needed for couples below the age of 21.
Mr Boyce said: “Our parents said “yes” but everyone else said that we wouldn’t stay together for more than a couple of years.
“But we’ve stayed together for all these many years after first meeting when I was a Teddy Boy and she was a Teddy Girl.
“I was from Walthamstow and she was from Leyton and when we got married, we had 50 to 60 guests.
“In those days, we had a beef meal, rather than a finger buffet meal, cooked by my mum and her friend.
“Then the following day, we went to the tax office to get a rebate before the end of the tax year.”
The couple and the family started the diamond wedding celebrations in more low-key fashion with a helping of sandwiches on anniversary day itself, Thursday, March 26, before having a meal together at The Anchor Inn, Sutton Bridge, two days later.
“Our honeymoon lasted only one day because of work and it was seven years before we had our first holiday and that was a camping trip,” Mr Boyce said.
“We moved to Sutton Bridge almost 18 years ago and it’s been the best 18 years of our lives.
“My wife didn’t want to here to start with but when she came, she said ‘it’s just like being on holiday”.
“We’ve had a fantastic time since we’ve been here and we wouldn’t move back to London even if you paid us to go.”
Mr Boyce claimed the secret to their years together was friendship and never rowing about the household budget.
“We hit off straight away and we’ve just been big mates all of our lives,” Mr Boyce said.
“My advice to people who are married is be friendly, discuss every problem and never argue over money.”