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Chips were the food of love for diamond couple Maurice and Joyce

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Laura Hammond

  • Diamond wedding for Joyce and Maurice Tilley

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THE offer of a chip was all it took for Joyce and Maurice Tilley to set out on a marriage that would last 60 years.

The couple, of Hartshorne Road, Woodville, had spotted each other over a drink at The Lamb pub in Ashby, and set a date when Mr Tilley offered his future wife a chip while they were waiting at the bus stop.

Three years later the pair were married at St Laurence's Church in Measham.

"He was very friendly," Mrs Tilley, 86, told the Mail.

The Tilleys will mark their Diamond Anniversary today with a visit from the family.

Their daughter Lesley has made a celebratory cake for the occasion.

Mr and Mrs Tilley have two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

When they got married they were not able to afford a honeymoon, but they have made up for it since, enjoying many holidays and trips away.

"We've been to Scotland 22 times," Mrs Tilley said.

In their younger years – and since Mr Tilley retired from Severn Trent – they have spent a lot of time walking, and love to go on trips to the Peak District and to Calke Abbey, near Ticknall.

In recent years, as they have become less mobile, they have found themselves unable to go out as they used to, and spend most of their time in their home.

Their house in Woodville is the second place they have lived together. When they were first married they lived with Mr Tilley's mother in Boundary, staying in the house after she died. I

t was only when failing health caught up with the couple that they decided to move to a bungalow.

Through all this change they have simply 'got on', said Mr Tilley, who is also 86.

"We didn't have arguments, and had no real problems," he added.

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