Diamond wedding anniversary for Redruth couple
A REDRUTH couple celebrate will celebrate 60 years of marriage tomorrow.
Margaret and Ron Bennetts met sixty-two years ago at a bus stop in Falmouth.
Mr Bennetts had just returned home to Cornwall after serving in the Korean War, where he served aboard the HMS Jamaica in the engine room, when he met his wife-to-be.
“I was out with a mate at Cornwall’s only cinema in Falmouth,” said Mr Bennetts.
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“I saw this lovely girl at the bus stop and chased her onto the bus to ask for a date.”
The Redruth couple married after two years of courting, going on to have two daughters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The couple accredit their longevity to communication.
“We have had our ups and downs,” said Mr Bennetts.
“But we love each other so we pull together and just work things through.
“If things get tough we talk it through that is all you can do really.”
They have been through some tough times, when Mr Bennets was out of work. “But we don’t owe anything to anybody. If we’ve ever wanted something we saved for it.”
During his 12 years in the Royal Navy, Mr Bennetts served on the cruiser, HMS Jamaica, in the Korean War.
“We were the first ship to go into action,” he said. “We sank three E-boats. Two weeks later were hit by a tank from land and lost five soldiers who were on board, and a sailor.
“We were also one of the only ships to shoot down a MiG fighter plane.”
After his service in the navy, Mr Bennetts returned to his job as a painter and decorator in Redruth.
The couple will celebrate with over 20 family members at the Inn For All Seasons in Redruth this Saturday.
According to the couple, the highlight will be seeing their daughter, Jean Oates, who they have not seen for eight years since she moved to Australia.