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Couple mark 60 years of wedded bliss

PUBLISHED: 20:34 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

A COUPLE who first met in a newsagent's shop at the beginning of the Second World War have stayed together ever since, have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

A COUPLE who first met in a newsagent's shop at the beginning of the Second World War have stayed together ever since, have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Mr James Alexander Phillis and his wife Joan Anne celebrated their diamond wedding at home in Hintle Close, Ipswich, with their relations.

Mr Phillis, 84, was working in West's newsagents when he met Joan, 78. Shortly afterwards he was called up to join the army, and served in the Royal Medical Corps throughout the war.

Mrs Phillis also contributed to the war effort, working on the railways.

After the war, Mr Phillis returned to West's, where he worked for most of his life. He later took charge of the shop, for 25 years.

Mrs Phillis gave birth to two sons, Richard and Barry. Richard, the elder of the two, is married, with three children.

The pair said they have always managed to get on together over the years. Mr Phillis said he thought the secret of a successful marriage was to "help each other – help everybody actually."

"It's the only thing you can do," he said.

And it seems that recipe for success may keep them together for a few years yet. Mr Phillis' elder sister is still alive at the ripe old age of 96!

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