A PAIR of childhood sweethearts have celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary.
Dennis and Betty Jones, who are both 80, have been together since they were 17 and wed at the age of 20.
The couple, who live in Waverley Close on the Grange estate, got married on January 12, 1952 in Coventry.
They have three children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mr Jones said: “I remember it was a frosty morning on our wedding day.
“We got married in Coventry where we are both from originally, but we’ve lived in the Daventry area since 1964.”
Mrs Jones added: “We met at the community centre when we were 17 and have been together ever since.
“We got engaged but Dennis had to go away and do national service in Germany with the Army for nearly two years.
“He came back in August 1951 and we got married the following January.”
Mr Jones used to work as a window cleaner and a machinist in Coventry. His wife worked at Mclaren in Long Buckby where she sewed hoods for pushchairs.
To celebrate their 60th anniversary the couple had a surprise family meal and Mr Jones also arranged a special buffet with friends at the day centre in Kilsby which they regularly attend.
Mrs Jones said: “The secret to a long marriage is to both work at it. If you don’t argue then it’s not a marriage but it’s all about working at things together.”