BERYL and Wilf Jones celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a house-full of their beloved family and friends, including Beryl’s sister flying in from Spain.
The Shirley couple first met at a friend’s house in Warstock when Beryl was only 13 years old and Wilf just 16, and their puppy love has bloomed ever since.
She said: “I loved him from the moment I met him...it was destiny.”
And destiny certainly played a big part in bringing the happy couple together.
After not seeing each other for a year, chance brought Beryl and Wilf together when they shared a ride together on the number 24 bus.
Although Wilf was at college in Sparkhill, he tried his hardest to catch the number 24, which Beryl used daily to get to work, just to have a few precious moments with her.
When Beryl left her job as a nurse in an orthopaedic centre at the tender age of 17, she began working temporarily at a cinema.
It was during one of her shifts that Wilf strolled in, and as they say, the rest is history.
Married just before Beryl’s 21st birthday at the Emmanuel Church in Wythall, they have spent 60 wonderful years together, having two daughters, Carol and Lynn, as well as four grandsons: Simon, Christopher, Phillip and Matthew.
The couple remain very active - Wilf’s quadruple heart by-pass has certainly not stopped him from living life to the full and the couple continue to share a love of gardening and boules amongst many other activities.
So what’s their secret? “Trust,” said Beryl. “Trust, tolerance and working together.”