TODAY marks the diamond wedding wedding annivesary of John and Mabel Towers of Newton.
The pair wed in St Mary’s church in Clifton in 1951 after meeting at a dance at Clifton town hall three years earlier. The couple, who have nine great grand children, have spent the past 56 years in Newton and will be marking their diamond wedding and John’s 85th birthday with a garden party at their home this Saturday.
Mabel, who has spent much of her time as a housewife looking after the couple’s six children, put the couple’s long marriage down to caring for each other.
“I’d say the secret to a long marriage is looking after one another and taking care of your family.
“We’ve had a few hard times but thankfully we’ve got through them. We’re now looking forward to celebrating our weeding and John’s birthday on Saturday with our friends and family.”
Joining them on Saturday for the celebrations will be five of their children, Angela, Graham, Jackie, Pauline and Diane.
John, who worked as a paint sprayer at Rolls Royce in Coventry until 1982, turns 85 on Saturday. He said despite having “cross words” every now and again, he and Mabel don’t ever argue.
“I’d say the secret to a happy marriage was looking after each other and not falling out or arguing. Mabel and I don’t ever argue, and if we do disagree about something then it’s quickly forgotten about and we move on.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to what should be a great weekend. I’m