A diamond wedding couple celebrated their milestone recently by asking for a charity donation rather than gifts from family and friends.
Ellen and Charles Marsh, both 81, of Woad Farm Road, Boston, raised more than £250 from money donated, which they have decided to give to the Oncology Ward at Pilgrim Hospital.
The couple met when aged about 18 at a dance.
Charles said: “We just clicked then and there and started going out.”
They were together for almost three years before they were married at St Botolph’s Church, on October 16, 1954, at the age of 21.
They honeymooned in a cottage in the country.
Mrs Marsh worked for many years at Beaulah’s Canning Factory, while Mr Marsh was in the gang master trade until he retired at the age of 65.
They have two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.
The pair enjoyed semi-professional dancing in their younger days, taking part in shows and competitions until Mrs Marsh’s arthritis stopped them.
They travelled all over the country, particularly enjoying Blackpool.
They say that the secret to a long marriage is that do everything together and have never been out without one another.
The pair celebrated their anniversary with a meal with family and friends at Rochford Tower.