TWO couples living mere streets apart were stunned to discover they got married at the same time, on the same day of the same year.
Yesterday, Stan and Beryl Corbett and Alan and Sheila Gibson, who have lived in Kingshurst since it was built, both celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
The Corbetts, of Mullensgrove Road, tied the knot at St Barnabas Church, Erdington, on June 14, 1952.
And they were amazed to discover that the Gibsons, of adjacent Meriden Drive, had said “I do” down the road in Pype Hayes on the same afternoon.
Stan, aged 85, said: “As we’ve got older we’ve made a lot more of what we call ‘bus stop friends’ and we happened to get talking one day.
“Not only do they live just down the road but we had the same wedding day. If ours was two o’clock, I think there’s was half past, something like that.”
The grandfather-of-four met wife Beryl, 83, at one of the Fort Dunlop dances and love soon bloomed.
“The thing about marriage is working through problems. Anyone who says they never argue is lying but we don’t ever let it affect us. We moved to Kingshurst in the 1950s, when it was all fields round here.
“We were assured it was green belt and would never be built on!”
Alan and Sheila, aged 83 and 80, said they’d been “joined at the hip” since meeting at a church youth club.
“It was so rural when we moved to Kingshurst,” said Alan. “Our family thought we were mad coming out to the sticks. But we’ve never wanted to leave.”
The couple, who have three children, have already had a James Bond-themed do in Dorset and their daughter Shelley will also be taking them to tea at the London Ritz.