Chance meeting leads to 60 years of marriage for diamond couple

Chance meeting leads to 60 years of marriage for diamond couple

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Luke Matthews

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Chance meeting leads to 60 years of marriage for diamond couple

It has been a summer of celebration for one couple who have marked their diamond wedding anniversary.

Following a chance meeting at Boulters Lock, Ron and Pat Holt married on August 22, 1953, at the Salvation Army hall in Maidenhead.

The couple have celebrated the milestone by travelling to Canterbury on a British Pullman luxury train with their three children and hosting an outdoor lunch for more than 50 family and friends at The Royal Oak in Paley Street.

Ron, now 86, took Pat and her friend to the cinema following their riverside introduction - and although Pat was already in love, she had to wait six months before she saw him again.

The keen green bowlers married two years later in a joint celebration with Pat's parents, who were marking their silver anniversary, and now have five grandchildren and a 'five-a-side football team' of great-grandsons.

"We let each other do their own thing, we don’t stop each other doing what the other wants to do, that's why it works" said 79-year-old Pat.

"Don't try and change anybody if you have married them," added Ron.

"You married them for what they are."

The pair have lived in their home in Star Lane, Knowl Hill, for 22 years and thank an unlikely source for their introduction.

"If it wasn't for Hitler we wouldn't be together," joked Ron, who was evacuated to Maidenhead during the war.

"It's the only good thing he ever did."

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