A game of tennis ended in game, set and match for Charlie Knights when he met his wife-to-be Joan.
And on Saturday the couple from Parkway House in Bury St Edmunds celebrated their Golden Wedding at Bury Town Football Clubhouse.
Charlie, 75, was a keen tennis player and played at Ixworth Tennis Club. He had spotted Joan walking past the courts and on an evening out with his sister and a friend invited her to join them for fish and chips.
Some 55 years on the couple celebrated their golden day and raised £210 for Alzheimer’s Research as Joan, 72, is now suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Charlie undertook engineering training at Catchpole Engineering in Stanton and Joan worked at Harvey’s Clothing factory in Tayfen Road, Bury. They married at Ixworth Church with a reception in the village hall.
Charlie, who is an assistant groundsman at Bury Town, said of their years together: “ I couldn’t have asked for better.”
And on Saturday Joan met up with two former schoolfriends, one of whom she had not seen for 50 years.
They have two daughters, Linda and Debra, two grandsons and two great granddaughters.