Colney Heath couple who first met as children celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

Roy & Pauline Franklin celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Roy & Pauline Franklin celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

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A couple who first met taking piano lessons in Colney Heath celebrated their 60th year of marriage last week.

Roy & Pauline Franklin celebrate their diamond wedding anniversaryRoy & Pauline Franklin celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Roy, 83, and Pauline Franklin, 81, learned their scales together aged just nine and seven before going their separate ways.

Roy explained: “I came home from doing my national service in the Middle East and saw her [Pauline] at a dance.

“I realised that she was not a little girl any more and I said, ‘can I walk you home tonight?’ – we’ve been together ever since.”

But the couple, who now have two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandson, said it was not always plain-sailing.

Roy explained: “Her mother was quite strong with me. She used to chuck me out every night.”

To celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, the Franklins are going on a seven-day cruise, stopping off in France, Spain and Guernsey.

Asked the secret of a long-lasting marriage, Pauline said: “It’s important to always talk things over and work things out together.”

Roy said: “There are three things in life that mean the most to me: the first one is the wife; you’ve got to get on with her. The second thing is the family and third thing is the football.”

Having supported Luton Town for more than 60 years, Roy knows a thing or two about loyalty. The couple had this advice for young people of today: “You’ve got to love each other. Make time for each other. You’ve got to talk, to communicate.”

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