IT’S more than 60 years since a policeman and a farmer’s daughter fell in love in South Africa.
But Stanley and Ginny Forrest are still happily married and living in Shirley - 5,000 miles from where they first met - and last week they celebrated their Diamond Anniversary.
After leaving the RAF, Birmingham-born Stanley had gone out to what was then Rhodesia to find work. There he met Ginny and romance blossomed.
“There were a few young men chasing me back then, but he saw them off,” laughed Ginny. “I suppose you could say that it was a relationship that matured over time.”
The couple tied the knot in 1950 and remained in the country for another 16 years. In 1966, the year that Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet Cup, the couple moved to England and settled in the borough.
It was a homecoming for Stanley, who had grown up a few miles away in Yardley. He took a job at Lucas Industries while Ginny worked at Beatties.
The couple have two children and five grandchildren, who came to a party at Nuthurst Grange.
“These days you see marriage is treated very differently - so many people end up getting divorced,” said Stanley.
“I think the secret to staying together is tolerance and consideration.”