Diamond pair plan gem of a day

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A ROMANTIC who buys his wife a rose each year to celebrate the date that they first met is looking forward to celebrating their diamond wedding on Thursday.

Jean and William Hanna, 80, of Winthrop Road, Bury St Edmunds, met at an RAF dance in Wallasey, Cheshire. William was working as a drill instructor and Jean had recently been evacuated from her home in Liverpool.

“Our eyes met in a crowded room,” said William.

“I went home that night and told my mother I have just met the man I’m going to marry,” said Jean.

Within six months, the couple were engaged and six months later they married in Wallasey and moved to Bury.

The couple, who say they are equals and have never argued, had two children, Christine and Mark, and have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“We never say a cross word because once you’ve said it you can’t ever take it back,” said Jean.