THEIR eyes met across a crowed dance hall and 60 years later Dennis and Pauline Bailey are still happily married.
Dennis and Pauline celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday last week after six decades of happy marriage together.
The couple met in Cornwall where Dennis was based as a sailor in the Royal Navy and Pauline worked at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary in Truro.
Pauline, 81, said: “We met at a dance on Halloween night. I used to work in the nurse’s dining room and we always had an invitation to a dance at the Royal Air Station. They held them every Thursday night. There was a coach load of us that went every week, it was very nice.”
The couple got married on December 29, 1951 at St Paul’s Church in Truro and enjoyed a three-night honeymoon in Plymouth.
Pauline said: “We had to get a special licence because we were getting married at short notice as Dennis had a posting and was going to be stationed in Malta. I wanted to go with him but couldn’t. Thirty years later we decided to go to Malta and it was wonderful.”
Dennis left his role as a mechanic in the Navy in 1954 and got a job as a mechanic at Rolls Royce in Ansty - which was then called Armstrong Siddeley and later Bristol Siddeley. He did the same job for 33 years at the company before retiring.
The couple moved to Coventry where all three of their children - Jill, Bob and Simon - were born. They moved to Rugby in 1969.
Pauline worked in the Owen Owen department store in Coventry and later worked at the Rugby Radio Station building on the domestic side.
Over the years Dennis and Pauline have enjoyed going on many holidays, including touring around in their caravan.
They enjoy playing darts and Dennis is a member of the Royal British Legion in Hillmorton, near their current home in Duffy Place.
The couple, who have six grandchildren and one great grandaughter, will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary with a surprise.
Pauline said: “Our youngest son Simon has organised something for us but won’t tell us.
“We are going away somewhere for the night. We’ll have a party later on when we can get everyone together.”
Speaking of their special milestone Pauline said: “I can’t believe it. I did not think it would ever last this long. We’re happily married. My daughter really envies us.”
Dennis, 82, added: “We’ve had our ups and downs but it’s all about give and take and getting along together.”