Search

“We’ve always looked after each other” - diamond couple celebrate six decades of marriage

PUBLISHED: 12:41 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 07 March 2018

Diamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Diamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2018

When Ronnie Chandler set about performing some routine repair work on a house in 1954, little did he know he was about to meet his future wife of 60 years.

Diamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage.  Picture: Nick ButcherDiamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Picture: Nick Butcher

The owners of the Blundeston property had a daughter named June, and it wasn’t long until the romance between the pair began to blossom.

They were together for six months before Mr Chandler was called away to Germany for two years’ worth of National Service, a requirement of most healthy men at the time.

Once he returned and the couple were able to settle down, they married on March 1, 1958, at St Mary’s Church in Blundeston.

Mr and Mrs Chandler were married on March 1, 1958. Picture: SuppliedMr and Mrs Chandler were married on March 1, 1958. Picture: Supplied

Despite the lure of an exotic honeymoon, the new Mr and Mrs Chandler instead committed to buying a house of their own. In the ensuing years they had two daughters, Lyne and Karen, and they now have five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren - all of whom live locally and gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion last week.

Looking back on six decades of marriage, the Oulton Broad couple insist there are no elaborate secrets behind their love’s longevity.

“We’ve always got along together and looked after each other,” said Mr Chandler. “We certainly don’t always agree on everything - perhaps even nine times out of 10 we don’t - but we don’t fight either.”

To mark the occasion, Mr and Mrs Chandler received a card from tne Queen. Picture: Nick ButcherTo mark the occasion, Mr and Mrs Chandler received a card from tne Queen. Picture: Nick Butcher

“We’re very happy with everything we’ve done during our lives,” added Mrs Chandler.

Mr Chandler worked in the building trade for 50 years before assuming a role with Waveney District Council, while June worked in Gorleston at the Johnstone factory.

But if one thing has been constant throughout their lives - aside from their love - it is Mr and Mrs Chandler’s desire to go on holiday as often as possible.

Diamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage.  Picture: Nick ButcherDiamond wedding anniversary couple Ronnie and June Chandler are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Picture: Nick Butcher

“No matter what, the holidays were always the thing we looked forward to,” said Mrs Chandler.

“We’ve been pretty much everywhere in the UK and, out of all the places we’ve visited, we love Eastbourne the most.”

Having received a card from the Queen to congratulate them on their 60 years, there was a nice full circle on the couple’s anniversary when the country was hit by widespread snowfall.

“There was snow on the day we married and snow on the day of our 60th anniversary,” said Mr Chandler. “They didn’t close all the schools in those days, though!”

Other news

Yesterday, 21:08

Police are investigating the death of a man in the Lowestoft town centre.

Yesterday, 11:58

A new restaurant, beach huts, public toilets and fitness and play areas and more could be on the way to Lowestoft as part of a radical redevelopment.

Yesterday, 09:11

This weekend sees the party conference season move up a gear with the start of the Labour Conference in Liverpool – an event that politicos across the country will be watching closely.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Details of a third arson attack involving a makeshift petrol bomb have come to light as police increase patrols.

Most Read

Yesterday, 21:08

Police are investigating the death of a man in the Lowestoft town centre.

Read more
James Paget Hospital
Yesterday, 11:58

A new restaurant, beach huts, public toilets and fitness and play areas and more could be on the way to Lowestoft as part of a radical redevelopment.

Read more
Waveney District Council
Friday, September 21, 2018

A criminal who has committed more than 700 offences has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting fraud.

Read more
Saturday, September 22, 2018

A teenager was arrested after being found in possession of a knife in Lowestoft.

Read more
Twitter
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Details of a third arson attack involving a makeshift petrol bomb have come to light as police increase patrols.

Read more
Norfolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 4°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Lowestoft Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy