Diamond Rugby couple’s 60 years fly by

Barbara and Peter Curtis celebrate at the Masonic Hall in Rugby
Barbara and Peter Curtis celebrate at the Masonic Hall in Rugby

A devoted couple from Brownsover have celebrated 60 years of marriage and received a framed card from the Queen.

Peter and Barbara Curtis met whilst serving in the RAF in Innsworth, Gloucestershire, 62 years ago.

Mr Curtis, 80, was a Corporal in the RAF Police and Mrs Curtis, 79, worked in the administration department.

The couple married at the Registry Office in Mr Curtis’ home town of Watford.

Mrs Curtis said their wedding day was lovely.

She added: “We had very good weather for it and we went on a honeymoon which was a bit of a surprise as we hadn’t planned to but Peter’s aunt let us stay in their house in Leigh-On-Sea so that was lovely.

“It was the first time I had met them as well and they invited us to go there.”

Mr and Mrs Curtis have worked and lived in Rugby for 56 years and have made many friends in the area.

She said: “We’ve got some marvellous friends here and I’ve got a smashing husband. It’s a really lovely place to live.”

The pair enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and son Paul. Their youngest son Mark sadly passed away in 1999 aged 40.

Mrs Curtis, originally from Coventry, sings in a choir at the Claremont Centre, Rugby, and Mr Curtis plays bowls.

She said: “We enjoy getting out and doing things together, you’ve got to do it while you can and keep busy.

“People need to be sure that a marriage will last and we knew that ours would.”

They celebrated the milestone with an ‘amazing’ party at the Masonic Hall in Rugby on June 7 with around 50 friends and relatives.