Stick together and don’t go to sleep on a row, say couple

HAPPINESS: Stann and Joyce Allen.
HAPPINESS: Stann and Joyce Allen.

A Sudbury couple who celebrated 65 years of marriage last week believe that never going to bed on an argument and doing everything together are the keys to their enduring success.

Stan and Joyce Allen met in the Tottenham Royal dance hall in 1943, with Joyce taking an instant shine to the Navy man’s sharp uniform.

Mr Allen returned from serving his country and the couple married on December 20 four years later.

“We wanted to get married on Christmas Day but it couldn’t be done, unfortunately,” said Mrs Allen.

They now live in Hanover Court in Blackfriars and attribute their happiness to resolving disagreements as quickly as possible.

“Have rows, but then make up afterwards,” advised Mrs Allen, 88. “That is the best bit.”

Mr Allen, 86, added: “Sort things out before you go to sleep, even if that is easier said than done sometimes.”

The couple said they have had a very happy life together and seen much of the world.

“We never go out anywhere without one another,” said Mrs Allen. “We have been all over the world – America, Australia, Tenerife – we have been very lucky.”

Mr and Mrs Allen celebrated the milestone with 20 of their closest friends from Hanover Court with a special party at The Mill Hotel on Thursday.

The celebrations continued last week as they were treated to dinner in Long Melford by grandchildren Spencer, who lives in Great Cornard, and Lisa, from Colchester, and their four great-grandchildren, Sam, Libby, Harrison and Ella, on Saturday evening.