If retired farmer Travers Johnson hadn’t been so deft at fixing his old Land Rover, he might not have been celebrating his diamond wedding anniversary with his wife Rosemary on October 20.
Travers, of Chichester, almost missed the wedding back in 1951 as his Land Rover broke down and he had to stop to mend it.
But 60 years on, with car trouble drama now just a distant memory, the couple celebrated their diamond anniversary milestone with a lunch party for family and friends.
Rosemary was born in Chichester and has always had strong connections with the city as her family were business proprietors who ran TG Willis & Co.
Travers was born in London and moved to Compton after the second world war to begin a career in farming.
They met each other at Chichester Young Farmers’ Club and married in 1951 at Felpham Parish Church.
Following their retirement from farming, Travers and Rosemary have spent the past 40 years being actively involved in numerous projects in the Tangmere community.
Recently they have moved into Chichester and are enjoying the proximity to the city centre. Rosemary says the secret of their long marriage is about compromise and ‘being able to laugh’.