WHEN Molly Gough told her dad she was getting married, he told her it would not last six months.
Yet tomorrow, she and husband Alan will mark their diamond wedding after six decades of marriage – proving her dad was somewhat out with his prediction.
It was love at first sight when the pair, both 81, met in the park when they were 17, and after a very brief stint when Mr Gough went away with the Territorial Army, they have been inseparable ever since.
“We stuck, and now we’re all each other has, and we look after each other. It’s very easy to be happy because we love each other. It may sound silly, but we do,” Mr Gough told the Mail ahead of the big day.
“It’s give and take,” his wife added.
And romance is still a big part of live for the duo, who live in Rest Haven, Swadlincote. Mr Gough heads out to buy his wife the magazines she enjoys every single week, and buys her perfume on a regular basis. He said he thought it was ‘most important’ to treat her. They were planning to spend their anniversary at home with a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates.
They were 21 when they walked down the aisle at the Wesleyan Chapel in Swadlincote. They moved into his mother’s house in Coppice Side, before moving to their own home when they were expecting their second child. They had three children, and now have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Both agreed they had enjoyed a ‘good married life’, and suggested it may have something to do with the fact they like arguing.
Mr Gough, a former pit worker, said: “I can’t understand these people who are married and say they never have arguments.”
But they always make up quickly, and get back to martial bliss.
“We would be lost to death without one another. We miss each other when we don’t see each other,” Mrs Gough said.