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Love at first sight for diamond pair

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

  • 18/03/14 Diamond wedding for Maureen and Geoff Lee - Skinner's Way, Midway Diamond wedding couple - Geoff and Maureen Lee from Midway

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A GLANCE across a crowded dance floor was all it took to begin 60 years of marriage for Maureen and Geoff Lee.

It was love at first sight when the pair locked eyes at the event in Kent, and they have been inseparable ever since.

They have travelled the country together – and even lived abroad – and say they have enjoyed a very happy life throughout.

“I wouldn’t change my life at all,” said Mrs Lee, 81, “There have been lots of ups and downs, but that’s life.”

The pair were married two years after they met, with Mr Lee joining the RAF soon afterwards. They began their lives together in Little Rissington, in Gloucestershire. Over the years they have lived in various parts of the country, including Hull, Devon and Essex, where they settled after Mr Lee, 84, left the Air Force.

Mrs Lee has held a number of jobs over the years, including picking fruit when she was in Lincolnshire. She later trained at college to become a medical secretary.

They also lived in Cyprus for a few years, when Mr Lee was posted there.

The couple moved to Midway four years ago, to be closer to their son Andrew. They also have three daughters – Alison, Susan and Sharon – and six grandchildren.

In their free time, the couple have always enjoyed dancing. Mrs Lee used to enjoy swimming and her husband is dedicated to his garden, where he grows vegetables which the couple use to cook with.

“We respect each other’s space,” Mr Lee told the Mail ahead of their big day, tomorrow, adding he thought that had been the key to their long and happy marriage.

“You mustn’t leave things hanging,” his wife added. “You must resolve things.”

The pair have sandwiched their anniversary celebrations between two trips away, and will be jetting off to Fuerteventura in just a few days.

The active pair have planned two family celebrations, to make sure they have chance to toast the occasion both with their son’s family, who live locally, and their daughters’ families, who live further away in Winchester.

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