Celebration time for diamond couple

PUBLISHED: 11:28 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

CONGRATULATIONS: Ron and Lily Smith with their message from the Queen. Picture: DANIEL WILSON

CONGRATULATIONS: Ron and Lily Smith with their message from the Queen. Picture: DANIEL WILSON

A COUPLE who have been married for 60 years say they are as happy now as the day they wed. Ron and Lily Smith, of Mill Road, Royston, have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. The couple met in Queens Road when Lily, from Melbourn, came shopping

A COUPLE who have been married for 60 years say they are as happy now as the day they wed.

Ron and Lily Smith, of Mill Road, Royston, have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

The couple met in Queens Road when Lily, from Melbourn, came shopping in the town.

Ron, 88, said: "I was going to catch a train to Wembley to watch England and Russia.

"I said 'I can't stop now', and we said we would see each other another day."

Ron, an ex-prisoner of war in Japan, was demobbed shortly after he met Lily, and they married three years later at the Congregational church in Kneesworth Street.

The couple had two daughters and now have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ron worked for the Ministry of Transport for many years, and now enjoys working on his allotment.

Lily, 89, said: "We used to love to go tea dancing.

"And I loved gardening and flowers."

The couple were taken out for lunch by their daughter Beryl and her husband on their anniversary, and then enjoyed a family party on Saturday.

"It was a lovely day, we are a very close family," said Lily.

Ron and Lily have a few ideas on the secret to a long and happy marriage.

"Have a row every day, first thing in the morning, then your ok for the rest of the day!" says Ron.

"It's about give and take, and we used to enjoy doing things together.

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