A couple who met in 1945 celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday after being together for 60 years.
Bill and Enid Masters met at a village dance in North Kilworth and married at St Andrew’s in Rugby on September 12 1953. Many in Rugby may recognise the couple – Enid was a Brownie leader in Newbold for 32 years while Bill, a former Rolls Royce engine tester, has been president of Newbold British Legion and president of Rugby Bowls Club in 1987. A former Grenadier Guard, Bill also used to help organise the poppy collection for the Newbold Royal British Legion.
The couple, who now live near Newbold, have three children, Linda, David and Michael, and seven grand children, Laura, Rachael, Ben, Sarah, Daniel, Alanna and Tim.
Enid said: “We’re going to celebrate our big day with a nice meal at Dunchurch Park Hotel with our family before we go away on a holiday somewhere, although we’re still undecided on where.”
Asked what the secret to a long lasting marriage was, Enid said: “I think some good advice for young couples would be to learn how to give and take.”
She joked: “Although, I think in this particular marriage it’s been me who’s probably given the most!”
Enid used to work at the Institute of Chemical Engineers and has also volunteered at several organisations including Meals on Wheels, and the library service delivering books to the elderly.
Their daughter, Linda said: “Mum and dad really are an inspiring couple. They have been wonderful parents and hands-on grandparents. When our children were younger they would always be taking them somewhere and they continue to show lots of interest in their lives. They are a great example of an enduring, happy marriage. I’m so proud of them and wish them many more happy years together.”