DURING the Second World War, Betty Choules’ parents escaped bomb ravaged Teddington, in Middlesex, to spend their weekends in the countryside.
They stayed with some close friends, who were relatives of her future husband Claude.
He said: “It was only when our families got together for that respite that we got to know each other.”
The pair, who live in Mildenhall, were married in Teddington and celebrated their diamond wedding on Friday.
Mr Choules, 85, was a forester for the Forestry Commission at several locations, including Thetford. He later spent 20 years in private forestry and was a church warden at West Stow. Mrs Choules, 82, worked at Sainsbury’s, in Bury. They have three children and five grandchildren.