MAKING the right choice from the very beginning is the secret to a Brackley couple’s successful 60 year marriage.
Douglas, 87, and June Waite, 83, of Churchill Way received their telegram from the Queen yesterday congratulating them on their 60th wedding anniversary.
The couple were married at St John’s Church, Southall in Middlesex on a hot July day in 1951. Their lives were bought together at the beginning of the Second World War in 1939 when Mr Waite’s engineer father moved his family from Bexhill on Sea in Sussex to Southhall as part of the war effort.
Mrs Waite’s family had lived in Southall for many years and Mr Waite, who is a veteran of the Normandy landings, said the wedding was a frightening day for him.
He said: “My family had only just moved to Southall but June’s family were very well known within the town. I was terrified. I was more terrified than when I was running up Gold beach, everybody knew June.”
When asked what the secret to their long marriage was Mrs Waite said: “Because we still love each other.”
Mr Waite added: “You can have all sorts of friends, but asking one of them to marry you is a big step. You have to make the right choice and if you can do that you’re on your way.”
The couple met during dancing lessons organised by the company they worked for, Cramic Engineering. When the firm relocated to Banbury they bought the home they still live in for £4,800.
Mr Waite worked for Cramic until retirement while Mrs Waite raised their two sons, Carey and Robin.
Both are now looking forward to a celebration meal on Saturday which will include their four grandchildren.