A couple have spoken of their fond memories of their life together as they celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary.
And John and Norah Keeling, of Crookes Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, say that since meeting as teenagers and being married for 65 years, they have never had an argument.
Norah (87) said she knew when she met John on the ‘Monkey Run’ on Leeming Street in Mansfield all those years ago that he was the one for her.
She said: “John took me home at Christmas to meet his family and from the minute his mother opened the door she was so kind and welcoming. I knew he was the one.
“We were only 16 and to be welcomed with open arms was lovely.
“I don’t know what I would do without him.”
John (87) was in the Army for three-and-a-half years where he drove 20-tonne tankers in the Middle East. The last 14 years of his working life were spent at Maun Industries, on Moor Lane, Mansfield, before he retired at 62.
The couple have two sons, David and Keith, and four grandchildren.
To celebrate their anniversary, their eldest grandson, Michael, is taking them to Mablethorpe for eight days along with three of their great grandchildren.
The pair were married at St Edmund’s Church in Mansfield Woodhouse on 7th August in 1948.
John said: “I’m as daft as a brush and I know it but that’s why she loves me.
“We are always there for one another, there is a lot of love and affection.”
The couple added that they would not change the last 65 years for the world.
Norah worked as a shop worker for the majority of her working life in Newark and Mansfield.
The couple celebrated their special day with a meal with all their family.