Couple’s marriage becomes diamond

Roy and Margaret Greasley.
Roy and Margaret Greasley.

A diamond couple have credited ‘looking after one another’ as the key to a successful marriage after reaching their 60th wedding anniversary.

Roy and Margaret Greasley, of Draycott Way, Chapel St Leonards, reached the impressive milestone on Thursday.

Now, 60 years ago.

Now, 60 years ago.

The couple met as teenagers at a café in Roy’s home of Birstall, Leicestershire, near to where Margaret grew up, a place where groups of boys and girls would go to socialise.

Margaret, 79, still remembers her first impressions of her future husband.

She said: “I thought he was quite nice. He had nice curly hair. He was quite a good-looking boy.”

The pair began dating, visiting the cinema and going to dances together.

Roy, 80, says he knew he had met someone special.

He said: “She was really down to earth. Her mum and dad were very nice to me. We got on ever so well. It just seemed to come right.”

The couple married in nearby Mountsorrel. They would make their first home in Wanlip, Leicestershire, but would later live in Worcestershire, the Yorkshire Dales and now Lincolnshire.

Roy worked initially as a farmer and later in factories; Margaret worked predominately in fashion as a sales assistant, but also for a time as the owner of a bed and breakfast.

They have two children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren - with a seventh due in October.

On reaching 60 years of marriage, Roy said: “I don’t know where it has gone. We must have done it right otherwise we would not be here.”

He added: “We have got on well all our life. We don’t argue, we never argue.”

Margaret said: “It’s an achievement, it really is. It’s just flown by.”

To mark the milestone, the couple will be spending a fortnight in Tenerife, a previous holiday destination of theirs.

When asked for the secret to a successful marriage, Roy said it came down to ‘looking after one another’, words echoed by Margaret.

“I think you sort of take each day as it comes. You keep together and look out for one another through the ups and downs,” she said.