A BASINGSTOKE couple who first when they were just teenagers are proudly celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Charlie and Susan Booth, who have both just celebrated their 80th birthday, have settled with a nice meal to celebrate being together for 60 years.

Charlie first met Susan back in 1959 when he came into the shop where she worked on Saturdays – Timothy White’s and Taylors, in Wote Street.

The couple, who live in Foyle Park, in Cranbourne, began dating and got engaged in 1962, marrying two years later at St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke, on February 1, 1964. They celebrated with a reception in the Rose and Crown pub.

Basingstoke Gazette: Charlie and Susan Booth

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Susan told the Gazette that the secret to a long and happy marriage is to always kiss and make up. While Charlie previously said the secret to being a good husband was making his wife a cup of tea every morning.

The couple have a son, Russell and a daughter, Carey and four grandchildren – Gary, Danielle, Sasha and Taryn.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Charlie and Susan Booth

The loving pair also have five great-grandchildren.

They previously told the Gazette that they have shared many happy memories together including holidays in Skiathos, Greece, and a 16-day road-trip travelling on Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles in America.

Charlie was a self-employed bricklayer in Basingstoke for most of his career before retiring five years ago. Susan worked as an accountant for Co-op insurance when she left school and currently works part-time at Harwoods Land Rover, in Edison Road.