A Maddiston couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary say being together has helped keep them together for 60 years.
Ken and Janet Rodgers have been inseparable during their married life despite Yorkshireman Ken (79) being a member of the Armed Forces and being posted to far-off lands.
To ensure their relationship stayed strong, Janet(78) joined him on his postings in Korea, Singapore, Bahrain and Cyprus during the Turkish Invasion as he served as a work study consultant for the Army.
They met while Janet was serving with the WRAC and wasted no time in getting married on April 23, 1955 in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, as they knew they were destined to be together.
Ken was awarded the MBE in 1971 at Buckingham Palace for his service to the Armed Forces and left the services in 1975. He then worked for Smiths Crisps in Scotland before taking a job in distribution with Spinney’s which saw them move to Persian Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Janet said: “I always maintained that wherever Ken was I would be too. I knew I was marrying into the military and my dad was military too, but this allowed us to be together in some wonderful places.
“I wouldn’t change anything in my life.”
Ken said: “Back then an overseas tour was three years, longer than it is these days, so it was a long time to be apart and we just couldn’t be apart for that length of time.”
The couple have a son, Stuart (57), and a daughter Fiona (49), five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two step grandchildren.