A FORMER Mayor and Mayoress of Brackley celebrated with family yesterday to mark 60 years of a perfect marriage.
Margaret and Brian Cable of Brasenose Drive were married on November 15, 1952 at Midsomer Norton Parish church in Somerset.
As members of the armed forces they met during a dance at their base in Aldershot in 1951.
Mrs Cable said she was asked to dance by her future husband, and her affections grew as the mature, smartly turned out 23-year-old drill sergeant began to talk about having a family and buying a house.
After brief stints living in their respective home towns in Norfolk and Somerset, Mr Cable moved to the area for work and they moved to Westbury, then Spencer Gardens in Brackley, but lived for 40 years in Valley Road.
Neighbours in Spencer Garden rallied around them when they lost their first child Julia in 1961, but Mrs Cable said their life has been filled with happiness and pride as they watched their son Tim play for both Brackley Athletic and Brackley Town FC, eventually providing them with two grandchildren, Jemma 15, and James who will share his 18th birthday with the couple on their anniversary.
Mrs Cable said: “He promised me the a nice family life, we’ve had ups and down, but that’s exactly what he delivered. We couldn’t ask for more.”
Mr Cable said the secret to their long marriage was: “Not being afraid to have an argument, but not being afraid to apologise.”
Mrs Cable was a Governor for Bracken Leas School, Mr Cable was a Governor at Backley Junior School, both were founder members of the Brackley Europena Association, and served as Mayor and Mayoress in 1977, and 1986.
Former town councillor Caryl Billingham has known the couple all her life and said: “Brian had a tremendous and enjoyable year, he was very high profile at all the events that needed his presence, and Margaret is a very pleasant lady and was a very good Mayoress.”
She added: “Not many get there and I think it’s a wonderful achievement and I wish them the warmest congratulations.”