Happy in love Northampton couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

Mick and Jean Howes have both lived in Northamptonshire since they were born and will celebrate 60 years of happy marriage next year.
Mick and Jean Howes have both lived in Northamptonshire since they were born and will celebrate 60 years of happy marriage next year.
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A couple in their eighties, both born and bred in Northamptonshire, celebrate 60 years of matrimony today.

Jean, 80, and Mick Howes, 84 of The Headlands, tied the knot on June 29, 1957 in St Albans Church in Broadmead Avenue and are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary by going out for a family meal this evening.

Jean and Mick on their wedding day back in 1957.

Jean and Mick on their wedding day back in 1957.

Jean said: "We have been happy together, it's our nature, we have always been happy but we have had tiffs but we make it up before we go to bed."

Jean, who was born in Moulton, and Mick, who has always lived in Northampton, first met in Abington Street while they were both out with their respective group of friends.

She described the street where they met as the former "bunny run" a place where youngsters would go, back in the day, to bag a date.

Mick remembers taking a trip away to Jersey with six friends in 1955 and long before his arrival, he arranged to meet Jean at the bus station and she was stood waiting for him when he arrived back in Northampton.

Jean used to be a dress-maker at Brook Manufacturing and attended the village school in Moulton, finishing as a junior.

Mick was in the shoe trade for a couple of years and then went on to be an engineer before finishing working life as a postman in a career spanning 35 years.

Mum-of-one Jean says the trick to a happy marriage is "you have to be tolerant of each other, give and take.

She adds that they are rarely apart: "When we go out, we are always together."