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We started as penpals, now we're celebrating 60 years of marriage!
PUTTING pen to paper in letters ended in one couple signing a wedding certificate – and today marks their 60th anniversary.
Great grandparents-of-seven Desmond and Audrey Hobbs began their courtship as penpals, when Mrs Hobbs befriended Mr Hobbs’ sister, Connie, while working at the Foregate Street telephone exchange, Worcester.
They tied the knot on August 15, 1953, at Lindridge Church, near Tenbury Wells, and honeymooned in Peterborough.
Mr Hobbs, aged 83, continued serving as a Royal Marine until 1955, while Audrey worked as a telephonist at Worcester Guildhall.
They later set up home together in Pershore, where Mr Hobbs worked on a farm before joining Severn Trent Water and his wife became a full-time mum to four children, later resuming work at the Guildhall when the couple moved back to Worcester.
Now retired and living in Springfield Road, St Peter’s, Worcester, the grandparents-of-10 like to spend their spare time living the good life with their family, eating out and growing their own vegetables.
Mrs Hobbs said “give and take” was the secret to their long and happy marriage – as well as working through any problems.
The 84-year-old said: “We’ve had our ups and downs like most couples, but we get through it and we’re happy.”
And Mrs Hobbs’ advice to newly-weds?
“We don’t run away after the first argument,” she said.
“If you row and you get really cross with each other, sit in the room and cool down, and make friends again. You have got to fight to stay together.”
The couple are planning to mark their diamond day with a party for 40 family and friends at Worcester Golf and Country Club, in Bransford Road, St John’s, Worcester, on Sunday.
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