Two women who became friends when they were just 11 celebrated their diamond weddings with a joint party on Wednesday.
Miriam Day and Marina King, both 79, met at the Silver Jubilee School, now King Edward VI School, and both married at the age of 19.
Their husbands, Brian Day, 83, and Gerald King, 85, both completed their national service in the Army.
Marina and Gerald were married in All Saints’ Church, in Chedburgh, on June 19, 1954, Miriam and Brian in Bury Cathedral on July 17.
The couples celebrated their milestone together at the Dark Horse, Stowlangtoft, and each received a commemorative card from the Queen.
Brian and his future wife met while he was on leave from his national service, at the former roller skating rink in the Corn Exchange.
Marina and Gerald were introduced by her father, but their first date didn’t go to plan – they waited on opposite sides of a corner for each other, thinking one had stood the other up.
Miriam said: “I went with Marina on her first date, because her father wouldn’t let her go on her own. We just went to the pictures!”
The couples have stayed close since their weddings.
“We’ve never had any fallings out. We have been friends all that time,” Brian said.
Miriam added: “It wasn’t hard to stay friends. There were five of us from the school who used to go out to lunch together until very recently.”
The Days ran a market stall in Bury for over 40 years. The Kings, also market gardeners for a time, ran Petscenta, a centre for small animals in Norton which opened 40 years ago.
Brian and Miriam have three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and Gerald and Marina have two children and two grandchildren.
The Kings have lived in Great Ashfield for 30 years in a coach house they converted themselves, while the Days’ house in Rushbrooke Lane, where Brian built his own plant nursery, has been their home for 45 years.