HALF-a-century of married bliss was celebrated by a Great Cornard couple this week.
Michael and Jeanette Marsh cracked open the champagne to mark their golden wedding on Monday.
The pair, who live in Stour Gardens, married in Water Orton, Warwickshire, in 1962, and moved to their current house three years later.
The couple first met at a Scouts and Guides jamboree in Birmingham, and kept in contact when Mr Marsh moved to Cyprus during his work in the Air Force.
“We just grew together and a pen friendship developed,” he said.
After moving to Great Cornard, Mr Marsh worked as a teacher at Sudbury Secondary Modern Boys School, before later joining Sudbury Upper School.
Mrs Marsh worked in dentistry in Sudbury for 30 years.
The duo have two sons, Alan, 49, and Vivian, 47.
On reaching 50 years of marriage, Mrs Marsh said: “It is unbelievable – I can’t believe we are old enough to have been together for so long.
“I think the secret is to always keep busy, so you always have something to talk about.”
More than 50 of the couple’s family and friends attended a party to celebrate the achievement at Newton Green Golf Club on Saturday.
“It was a lovely do,” added Mrs Marsh.