Neighbours at a Northampton retirement block realised they shared an unusual coincide - both couples were married at exactly the same time 60 years ago.
They may have only gotten to know each other in recent months but John and Valerie Wallington and their new friends Bob and Marion Lucas found they would both be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversaries on September 10 this year.
And what’s more they realised they both tied the knot at 11am on the day back in 1955.
The couples now both reside in the Old School House apartments in Billing Road and can’t believe the coincidence.
Mr Lucas said; “It is quite rare for a couple to stay together for 60 years these days, so it’s unusual to find another couple that share the exact same wedding date.”
And he quipped; “It’s a good job we didn’t try to book the same church.”
Mr and Mrs Lucas, 86 and 81, met at a dance at The Salon by Franklins Gardens like many of their era and married at St James Church in 1955.
Former RAF serviceman Mr Lucas had a variety of jobs from railway fireman to aircraft mechanic, while Marion worked at Baratt’s shoe factory on Barrack Road.
Nowadays the couple still enjoy a game of badminton while Marion still volunteers at an Age UK shop in the town.
On the key to their happy marriage, Mr Lucas, said: “We are both extremely tidy, we couldn’t be with each other otherwise. We both get on well and we love each other’s company.”
Grandparents of four Mr and Mrs Wallington, spend half the year in their villa near Malaga, Spain, and met during shorthand lessons on Abington Avenue.
They got married at Adnitt Road Baptist Church and went on to have two sons.
The active couple were also members of sailing and gliding clubs in their younger days.
But in another coincidence, both Mr and Mrs Lucas and the Wallingtons ran shops in Abington during their married life.
Mr and Mrs Wallington ran a newsagents on Park Avenue North and the Lucas’s ran a Post Office on Land Cross Drive.