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Time goes flying by for diamond Freshbrook couple
A COUPLE from Freshbrook celebrated 60 years of marriage last week, and say the time has just flown by.
Geoffrey and Iris Minton, of Windmill Court, marked their Diamond wedding anniversary on Wednesday of last week and celebrated in style with the whole family at the Gas Club on Gipsy Lane on Saturday night.
Geoffrey, 85, and Iris, 79, married at Wandsworth Registry Office on 19 September 1953, and moved to Swindon in the late 1950s.
Geoffrey thinks perseverance and compatability goes a long way toward the longevity of their years together.
“If you could bottle it you could make a fortune,” he said.
“Everyone asks us what our secret is, but we just don’t know. You have to be very compatible, and you have to give and take. We have had our ups and downs and our arguments, but when that happens you do not pack up your bags and leave, you get up the next morning and it is all forgotten.
“We honestly did not realise it had been so long. People keep telling us it is a big milestone but we have never really given it much thought.”
The couple sped into marriage in order to secure a house after knowing each other for just six months.
“The laughable part at the time was we were offered three rooms downstairs in my sister’s house, and we got married on the strength of those three rooms because at that time houses were a hard task to find,” said Geoffrey.
“We thought the best thing to do was get married and get our own place.”
The Mintons were enticed to Swindon with the prospects of employment in new builds during the late 1950s.
“I was a fireman on the railway when we first got married,” said Geoffrey.
“I passed as a driver eventually and had to go back to doing all the rough jobs when a relative of mine offered me a job driving a glazing van. I heard about all the work in Swindon at the time so I came down here and worked as a glazer.
“There were so many buildings going up at the time, so work was not scarce.
“Since then we have been here. We did have a mad spell about 17 years ago when we moved to Spain and tried to run a bar.”
The celebration was marked with the whole family descending on the club in Gipsy Lane.
Geoffrey said: “It was a very good night. All our family were there, even the grandchildren’s children. There were about 30 there along with some of our friends from where we live.
“The frightening part about it was when we were looking at my old photographs from when we got married there is only me and the wife left from the whole group.”