Laughter the key to happiness

STILL SMILING: Neville and Jill Witt celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday.
STILL SMILING: Neville and Jill Witt celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday.

THE secret to a long and happy marriage is laughter.

That is according to Jill and Neville Witt, from Cornard Road in Sudbury, and there is no reason to doubt their recipe for success as the couple have just chalked up 60 years together.

Neville, 83, and Jill, 78, celebrated their diamond wedding on Tuesday with a family lunch with their two daughters Julia, who lives in Sudbury, and Alison, who made a special trip from her home in Cornwall for the occasion.

The couple met at a dance at Bures Village Hall and got married at the village church in 1952, spending their honeymoon in Frinton-on-Sea.

Neville, a keen footballer who played for Sudbury Town until he was 42, began his working life in the Army, before going on to become director at the former William Armes factory.

Jill also worked on the switchboard at the factory and as a tea lady.

The pair have travelled extensively during their time together and count trips to Jamaica, Egypt and Cyprus among their fondest memories.

“It is very special to reach our diamond wedding and we must have something to keep us together for so long,” said Neville, who survived bowel cancer last year.

Jill added: “We have been through lots together, but I think the key is we have always made each other laugh.”

The couple have three grandsons and one granddaughter.