A Melton couple who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary said ‘give and take’ was one of the secrets to their happy marriage.
Kenneth and June Brammer, of Abingdon Road, met at Melton Farmers’ annual ball in 1951 after June was introduced to Kenneth by a life-long friend.
The pair, who courted by going for walks together in the countryside, got engaged in 1953 - the year of the Queen’s Coronation - and got married on January 15, 1955, at Melton’s St Mary’s Church.
June (80) recalled: “I remember saying to my mum, ‘how old do you think I should be before I get married?’ and she said ‘it depends how long you’ve know him’. I said to her ‘is four years long enough?’ I also had to get my dad’s permission because you couldn’t get married before 21 without your parents’ consent.”
June worked as a dental nurse before moving into nursing and Kenneth worked as an auctioneer at Melton Farmers for more than 20 years, eventually becoming a warehouse manager at Asfordby Storage.
Kenneth (82), originally from Sheffield, moved to Eastwell in 1939 at the age of seven as an evacuee during the Second World War.
He said: “I arrived in Melton by train with my older brother and a gas mask which was very daunting. When it was time to return home I persuaded my parents to let me stay as I had already started my education at the Melton Grammar School. I was then able to seek work easily.”
Both enjoy gardening, watching films, reading and each have their own craft hobbies. June does needlework and knitting while Kenneth paints pastel landscapes of animals and enjoys watching sport.
The couple, who have two children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren, celebrated their diamond wedding with family and friends on Saturday February 17 by having a party at the Harboro Hotel.
When asked what the secret to being married for 60 years was, Kenneth said: “It’s important in marriage to share interests, be tolerant and accept each other’s faults. You must have loyalty and trust in any relationship.”