Frank and Eileen’s diamond celebration after 60 years

Pictured are Frank and Eileen Horne, who will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary, on the 22nd March.
Pictured are Frank and Eileen Horne, who will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary, on the 22nd March.

A DIAMOND couple from Daventry are celebrating a milestone anniversary today (Thursday).

Frank and Eileen Horne are marking 60 years of marriage.

The couple live on Orchard Street in Daventry, in the house which Mr Horne has been in since he was just eight years old.

They have four children, Denise, Steven, Wayne and Shirley.

They had a fifth child, Craig, who died in a motorcycle accident five years ago.

The couple also have 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mr and Mrs Horne first met at The Bunny Run event in Abington back in 1948.

Mr Horne, 84, had just finished two years’ National Service during which he worked as a lorry driver in the RAF.

They got married three years later in Duston.

Mrs Horne, 80, said: “I’m from London originally but when the War started I was evacuated to South Wales.

“By the time the war finished my family had moved to Duston and that’s how I ended up in this part of the country.

“I moved to Daventry when we got married and everybody here knows Frank.”

Mr Horne worked at the Co-Op and as a bus driver before he began a job at Ford Motor Company in Daventry where he stayed for 22 years.

Mrs Horne said: “We have a big family now spread all over the place, but they are all so affectionate when we see them.

“We are going to have a party on Saturday to celebrate our anniversary and around 130 people are coming.

“We are looking forward to it, most of our family and friends will be there.”

Mr and Mrs Horne are both retired and now enjoy visiting a dance club at Daventry Day Centre every Tuesday.

Speaking about the key to a successful and long marriage, Mrs Horne said: “Everybody has ups and downs but it’s just give and take I suppose.

“We very rarely argue and never have really which is a big help.”