Love still strong for couple

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LOYALTY, respect and enduring love are the keys to a long-lasting marrage – so say a couple from Rothwell who celebrated their diamond anniversary this week.

Jim and Julia Eves first met at a dance in 1949 when they both worked as nurses at a psychiatric hospital in Southall in London.

Three years on they married at St Luke’s Church in Shepherd’s Bush and have been happily together ever since.

Now living in Rothwell, the pair celebrated their anniversary with a week-long trip to Burnham-on-Sea in North Somerset with their daughter.

Asked the secret behind their long marriage, Mr Eves, 84, said: “I think it is about consideration and respect for each other as well as loyalty and enduring love.

“I still love Julia as much as I did the first night I met her.”

Mr Eves used to work in the Royal Air Force in Bahrain and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

He retired, ranked as a warrant officer, in 1982 before working as the head of day care for the Red Cross in Aylesbury.

Mrs Eves, 87, worked alongside her husband at the RAF and in hospitals.