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Never argue and play sport for 60 years of marital bliss

PUBLISHED: 16:11 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

A SPORTY couple who met on a tennis court and became captains of the same golf club celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today. Geoffrey Page, 83, first set eyes on Joyce, 82, of Dallin Road, Bexleyheath, whilst she was playing tennis in Lincoln s

A SPORTY couple who met on a tennis court and became captains of the same golf club celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Geoffrey Page, 83, first set eyes on Joyce, 82, of Dallin Road, Bexleyheath, whilst she was playing tennis in Lincoln's Inn Fields in Holborn in 1947.

He asked if he could join in the game and they have been together ever since.

After they first met they soon discovered they both worked at the Air Ministry in Holborn. Mr Page, formerly from Welling, volunteered with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1943 and was called up in 1944 when he began training in Burnaston in Derbyshire. But before he got his wings the armistice was declared.

He said: "I was very disappointed that I didn't get my wings. But I was lucky that I was posted to the ministry otherwise I wouldn't have met my wife.

"If you go into the air force you want to complete your training. I was lucky when you think of all the ones who didn't come back."

The grandparents claim the secret to a blissful marriage is a joint love of

sport and never arguing.

They had two daughters but their eldest Lesley Gentry died of liver disease in 1996 at the age of 46. She was a maths teacher at Bexley Grammar School in Danson Lane

Welling, where there is a plaque displayed in her memory.

Mrs Page's best friend since she was five-years-old, Phyllis Croft, who now lives in South Africa, will also be celebrating her diamond wedding anniversary today.

Mrs Page said: "She told me 'I am getting married on June 11 and I said so am I!' So we couldn't go to each other's weddings.

"We have been to South Africa quite a few times.

"She was going to come over for our anniversary but her husband is not well so we are going to go over next year."

The Page couple will mark their anniversary with a cruise to Saint Petersburg next month with friends.

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