After meeting on a blind date in 1952, happy couple Betty and Tony Chadwick celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last Friday.
Betty, 78, and Tony, 82, who have lived on Newtons Lane in Awsworth since 1955, hooked up on the day Tony was scheduled to return back to the RAF in Germany.
“It was like fate - I returned from national service in Germany and received a stamp in my passport giving me 21 days leave rather than the 14 I was supposed to get,” said Tony.
“I spotted Betty on that 14th day when I was supposed to return, and a friend called her and arranged a blind date for us.”
The couple went to cinema for their first date at Kings picture house.
Betty said: “He gave me the last piece of his rationed dark chocolate and I was cheeky enough to give it him back because I didn’t like it.”
They married on March 27, 1954 at Greasly Parish Church, spending a weekend in London, for their honeymoon, where they got to dine at Buckingham Palace thanks to a friend who worked for the Queen.
They are now hoping to receive a congratulatory letter from the Queen.
The couple have two children, Bridget and Andrew, four grandchildren and a nine-year-old great grandchild.
“Family is definitely one of the reasons we have such a successful marriage, and the fact that we always make time for one another,” added Betty.
The pair have planned to a church blessing at Awsworth Church later today accompanied by family, while bigger celebrations will take place this weekend at the Gladstone Lodge on Market Street in Ilkeston.