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Diamond couple reveal secret recipe of success

PUBLISHED: 17:21 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 August 2010

Bexley
25-03-08
60th wedding anniversary
Jim & Gwen Taylor

Bexley 25-03-08 60th wedding anniversary Jim & Gwen Taylor

A COUPLE celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary say the secret to a successful marriage is to weather the good times with the bad .

A COUPLE celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary say the secret to a successful marriage is to 'weather the good times with the bad'.

Jim and Gwen Taylor of Rudland Road, Bexleyheath, who have been married for 60 years, met at the end of WWII at a dance in Plumstead Radical Club.

Mrs Taylor was there with her parents while Mr Taylor was out with friends.

Mr Taylor, 82, who owned his own building company for 30 years, said the secret to their marriage is to never give up.

He said: "We are lucky to achieve 60 years as not many people do.

"The secret is even when we are arguing we stick it out.

"If you have to get divorced every time you have a row, you wouldn't last five minutes.

"We agree on most things of course and we have got a nice bungalow. We are not rich but we are comfortable."

The couple married three years after they first met, at St Margaret's Church, Plumstead Common, which has since been knocked down.

They are now great-grandparents to five children.

Mrs Taylor, 79, said: "The secret to our long marriage is taking the good times with the bad ones. We are a close knit family which I think goes a long way.

"We still get along. We spend as much time as we can with the family. We have had good times and bad times but you have to weather the bad with the good and it is good to be together."

Today, the Mayor of Bexley will be popping in to see the happy couple and congratulate them on 60 years of wedded bliss.

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