Betty and George Evans of Woodmancote mark 60 years of marriage thanks to tolerance and patience
APPRECIATING the wonderful characteristics of your spouse is the key of an enduring love that has lasted more than six decades.
George and Betty Evans, of Beverly Gardens, Woodmancote, are having a small party on Sunday to celebrate 60 years of happy marriage.
Mr Evans, 91, said: "I love everything about my wife, she is wonderful and very intelligent. You need tolerance and patience for a marriage to survive. These days youngsters expect everything to just happen straight away.
"We got married and eventually got a house and cars for ourselves."
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Mrs Evans, who was 31 when he met his future wife, thought he was "getting on a bit" and did not expect to meet someone. He had recently come out of a relationship.
The pair met in 1951 at a engineer certificate evening class in Cheltenham. Then he started to pick her up from the pub where her mum worked and their relationship grew from there.
The couple got married on February 21, 1953, at St Mary's Church in Cheltenham.
Mr Evans added: "What is interesting is the church was behind Woolworths and our wedding reception was in a hotel in town, which was later turned into Woolworths."
The couple have a son Simon, who works in Milton Keynes, and a daughter Jane, a deputy headteacher who lives in Essex.
Jane has two children, James, who is a pilot, and a Vicky, who is a teacher.
The couple are looking forward to July when their first great grandchild will arrive.
Mr Evans added: "Vicky is having a baby which we are really excited about.
"She is coming to down on Sunday, so we will have a nice long chat with her."
Mrs Evans, 83, said she always cherished the "good, old memories" of their marriage.
She said: "We used to do so much together, we had a lot of interests and hobbies.
"We used to go dancing a lot, it was so much fun. Me and George also went on dancing holidays with other groups.
"It was great because it was a holiday in the day and we had some dancing to do in the evening.
"We went to some lovely places with the groups, including Italy, Cyprus and France."