Chester historian Len Morgan is used to reminiscing about the past, and this week will be no exception, as he celebrates 60 years of wedded bliss with his wife Joan.
May 20 marks the couple’s diamond wedding anniversary, six decades after they tied the knot at St Mark’s Church in Saltney in 1955.
Joan, now 81, and history-enthusiast Len, 82, who is well-known in Chester for his enthusiasm and love of the city, have lived in Handbridge for 57 years of their marriage, after first meeting at a dance held in Hawarden Gym, when Len, who lived in Boughton Heath , was stationed at R.A.F Hawarden during his National Service.
Love blossomed when the pair began to cycle into work together, as Joan from Saltney, was working at de Haviland, now known as Airbus,at the time.
They decided to marry, holding their wedding reception at Clemences on the now-demolished market square, and spent their honeymoon in Llandudno, where they plan to visit again in the next few weeks.
Len, who has two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with Joan, told The Chronicle: “It’s hard to say what the secret to such a long marriage is but you have to give and take with each other.
“Back in the 1950s, it was a different world to how it is today. People’s values and appreciation of what they have is taken for granted now,” he said. “You can only teach by example - all of our children have all been married for over 35 years which is quite something to be proud of today, so hopefully we have set them a good example.
“On our anniversary, our granddaughter is getting married, so we will all be having a double celebration later on,” he added.