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60 years of high life

PUBLISHED: 15:50 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

DIAMOND DAYS: John and Pat Ford.

DIAMOND DAYS: John and Pat Ford.

A COUPLE who met in the air are celebrating 60 years of marriage. John, 88, and Pat Taylor, 86, of Glenrose Court, Sidcup,

A COUPLE who met in the air are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

John, 88, and Pat Ford, 86, of Glenrose Court, Sidcup, met while both worked for South British South American Airways at the end of the war. They celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Mrs Ford was an air hostess while Mr Ford worked as a radio navigator on the state-run airline.

They became engaged on a beach in Dakar, Senegal, but when they married Mrs Ford had to leave the airline as couples were then not allowed to work together.

They moved to Penge soon after, and soon had their three children, David, 59, Jon, 58, and Susan, 56.

Mr Ford said: "We were flying together for four years. We went down to the beach in Dakar. It is a very romantic place."

He added: "It is difficult to say why we have lasted so long. We have a very close family and it is sort of give and take.

"I played a lot of sport and whenever I went my wife would come with me and drag the kids along.

"We have many things in common such as liking to go on walks."

Mr Ford said his children have given the couple an anniversary present of a holiday for a week in the Isle of Wight

Mrs Ford said: "I suppose we have been lucky because I have seen so much of the world. We just gelled a lot.

"I can't say why we have been together so long. All I know is that we give and take a lot and we take each day as it comes."

The great-grandparents are celebrating the anniversary with a family meal this Saturday.

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