Diamond day celebrations for couple

Sheila and Stan Davies

Sheila and Stan Davies

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A globe-trotting Daventry couple marked their diamond wedding anniversary more than six decades after they first met on the dance floor.

A globe-trotting Daventry couple marked their diamond wedding anniversary more than six decades after they first met on the dance floor.

Stan and Sheila Davis of Inlands Rise celebrated their anniversary on Thursday, July 24 , surrounded by friends and family.

They first met in 1953 at a Kings Heath dance hall in Birmingham.

“Sheila was showing off her posh earrings,” Stan said. “She was with her friends and I was with mine.”

Following a whirlwind romance they were married the next year at St Paul’s Church Birmingham.

Sheila said: “I remember when we got married because sweets had just come off rationing.”

Intrepid travellers, the Davis family have made tracks across the world, including trips to France, Spain, Hong Kong, Bali, Bahrain and Malta.

Stan, 85, worked as a chauffeur for ten years before becoming a freight lorry driver.

Stan said: “I like being on the road. I like the freedom. There’s no work bell or whistle, you can stop when you want. If you didn’t want to stop at one greasy spoon you could head on down to wherever you fancied.”

Sheila, 81, had a variety of jobs, including working as a doctor’s receptionist and an estate agent.

The family settled in Daventry on the Southbrook in 1973 and Stan joined Green Shield as a driver. They later moved to Inlands Rise.

Sheila and Stan had three daughters, Pamela, 59, Barbara, 54 and Wendy, 50.

They have eight grandchildren but are looking forward to seeing their family grow even more. Sheila said: “We are waiting for great-grandchildren but they are being a bit slow.”

Sheila’s involvement in the community set her apart, serving as leader of the local Brownies group as well as volunteering at Daventry New Street Day Centre.

Stan himself made headlines when he attempted to row across the Channel to raise money for a disability charity in August 1976.

Sheila said: “It felt good to give something back after we had benefited from the area so much.”

When asked what their secret was for a long and successful marriage, Stan said: “Well we love each other, of course! We never really argue.”

Sheila disagreed: “We had an argument on our wedding day – we just haven’t finished yet!”

The couple love musicals, their favourite being The Sound of Music.

Sheila said: “I love how they give you little bits of paper with a word on it and when it comes up you have to stand up and sing.”

But despite their love of travel and sense of adventure, family and friends remain important to the Davis family.

Sheila said: “We are very lucky we have super kids and super grand kids.

Stan added: “We look after each other, and that’s just what you have to do.”

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