Many said it wouldn’t last.
As Harleston’s Margaret and Robin Loveday celebrate 50 years of marriage tomorrow, they may well wish they could tell their younger selves that it would all be alright in the end.
When they married, Mrs Loveday was just 16 and pregnant with their first child and Mr Loveday was 21.
They married when there was snow on the ground, in Diss Register Office, and moved in to Mrs Loveday’s parents’ home in Redenhall for the first few years of their lives.
Their first child Tracy was born and shortly after came Ian.
Mr Loveday, a keen local darts player, said: “Fifty years is an achievement. There’s not many couples who can say they have reached that.
“I defy anyone to say they’ve never had an argument. But there’s a sense of humour in our house which helps.”
Mr Loveday was a self-employed carpenter for most of his working life, and did his training at W G Youngs of Harleston.
The couple ,now 71 and 66, enjoy holidaying in Britain and spending time with their four grandchildren and great grandchild.