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West Berkshire couple celebrate diamond wedding

Fred and Barbara Simmons - of Compton - have been married 60 years

A married couple from Compton have celebrated their diamond wedding.

Fred and Barbara Simmons, aged 87 and 82, marked their 60th anniversary today (Thursday).

Mrs Simmons used to work at a shop, while her husband was a farm labourer, based for a large part of his life at the Institute for Animal Health.

The couple married in Hampstead Norreys in 1961.

They have both lived in Compton for the majority of their lives.

Of the secret to the longevity of their marriage, Mrs Simmons said: "We never go to bed on an argument.

"The people that say they've never had a row are liars!

"We always make up before we go to bed if we've had a little bit of a dispute.

"He does what he wants, I do what I want."

While both Mr and Mrs Simmons have received their first vaccine, lockdown restrictions limit their options for anniversary celebrations.

Indeed, they are expecting the occasion to be a quiet affair.

Nevertheless, it represents a major milestone.

Wendy Rose – the couple's daughter – said: "I'm so, so proud of them.

"These days, it doesn't happen very often, does it?

"When I got to my 25th wedding anniversary, my daughter tried to buy a present for me, and she asked in the shop.

"This girl said: '25 years? We don't do that, because not many people get there.'

"I think: 'That was 25, and they've done 60!'

"I'm a bit in awe of them, actually."

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