A Buxton couple are celebrating six decades of wedded bliss today (Thursday).
Zena and Ian Jones were married at Tideswell Congregational Church on March 12, 1955, and went on to have three children, David, Debbie and Patrick, and now also have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
After leaving the Army, Ian spent the majority of his working life at Ferodo, but has also worked for Andrew’s Coaches.
Former Tideswell carnival queen Zena worked as a shorthand typist at Litton Mill when the couple were first married, and has had number of other jobs including working at the Devonshire Bakery in Buxton. For more than 20 years, she ran the post office at Litton.
Ian has a long-standing interest in sport, in particular football, and has played, coached, refereed and managed many teams, including Tideswell, while Zena is a member of the Mother’s Union.
Ian enjoys gardening and the couple love visiting Buxton Opera House.
Music is a major passion for Zena and Ian, who are both 81, and are members of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra Society.
They will be celebrating their anniversary with a family meal.
And when asked the secret to their long marriage, Ian said: “I can honestly say I can never remember even once in all the 60 years we’ve been married having a blazing row. We’ve always got on very well.”
Zena added: “I remember seeing the minister before we got married and they said never let the sun go down on a quarrel, and that’s what we’ve lived by.”