AN Aldershot couple had a double celebration last week when they marked their diamond wedding anniversary.

Les and Emily Pullen celebrated 60 years of marriage just one day after Mrs Pullen’s 80th birthday.

Emily has lived in Aldershot all her life.

She met Les during the war when she worked in the Empire cinema tea room, which is now the King’s Centre in the High Street.

Married in 1943 they lived at Emily’s family home on Crimea Road before Les was called away to take part in the D-Day landings in June 1944.

As part of the British liberation force, Les, 81 — who moved to Aldershot from Guildford with his grandparents when he was six — was based in France and Germany, before he returned home in 1947 and the couple moved to Highland Road.

The couple, whose one son, Robert, was born in 1944 and still lives in Aldershot, say the recipe for a successful marriage is a sense of humour.

“We have had our ups and downs — everybody does,” Emily said.

Describing himself as having “been under the same management for 60 years” Les said that over six decades there may have been the occasional cross word, “but I’ve never won,” he laughed.

As well as being able to have a laugh, they both agreed it was important to have tolerance and trust in a relationship.