Couple celebrate diamond occasion

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LISTENING and trusting each other are the key ingredients to a long and happy marriage accoring to an Ilkeston couple who celebrated sixty years wed this week.

Bunty and George Nightingale tied the knot on March 1 1952 and said they have never looked back.

George, 85, said: “We first met at a cycling club, I walked in and saw this girl stood at the side of the snooker table surrounded by chaps.

“I went over and we started talking, I was having to fight them off but I won her over asking if she wanted me to teach her how to play snooker, I can’t play snooker to save my life but it got her attention.”

The pair’s first date was an 80 mile cycle ride.

Bunty said: “I met him at six in the morning and we were on our bikes all day.

“It was love at first sight.He was my first sweetheart and the only man I’ve ever wanted.”

The pair, who have a daughter Jane, 56, and son Ian, 53, are also the proud grandparents to four grandchildren and became great grandparents on New Year’s Day.

Bunty said: “I was in charge all week with the children and then George was in charge at the weekends.”

George added: “We won’t pretend there’s been no arguments because we’ve had some humdingers but they clear the air, you listen to each other and move on.”

More than 100 family and friends will help the lifelong Notts County fans celebrate on Saturday with a party at the Elks Rugby Club.

The pair were surprised to receive a card signed by the squad and eight free tickets to a home match.

Bunty said: “We’ve had a lovely day and a wonderful life together. I just wish everybody could be as happy as we are, we might not be rich but we’ve got things money can’t buy.”