A Milton Keynes couple have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and shared the secret to a long and happy marriage.
When Margaret and Doug Tyers married in 1944 the country was at war - Margaret was a Buckinghamshire Land Girl and Doug had been transferred to the 51st Highland Division, and would shortly be taking part in the June Normandy landings.
Seventy years later Margaret and Doug are in their nineties and still together, with four children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
On Thursday, March 27, they enjoyed a small celebration with their friends at the DEGA day club in Aspley Guise, showing off their card from the Queen which expressed warm congratulations on the occasion of their platinum wedding anniversary.
Giving the secret to a long and happy marriage, Doug said: “It’s all about give and take. Nobody’s perfect; you need to be tolerant.”
Margaret and Doug both enjoy attending the DEGA club which is run by Age UK Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire Council and Milton Keynes Council, and where they enjoy the companionship of friends and support from caring volunteers. Doug, who worked as a rent collector for the former Newport Pagnell Town Council, and for many years for the Co-op, says he enjoys meeting new people older than himself.