Stratton couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
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A STRATTON couple are gathering with family tonight to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
Lilian, known as Lee, and Keith Tyler have lived together in the area for more than 50 years.
“There is no one secret to a successful marriage,” said Keith, 83 “Every person is an individual and has their own hopes and dreams but if you come together and discuss problems life is much easier.”
Lee, 82, said: “The key is to support each other and cooperate,”
“Life has not always been easy and we have had our share of problems but we always put on a united front.”
Lee was born in Swindon while Keith was born in Acton Turville in Gloucestershire.
Shortly after the Second World War, Keith moved to Swindon and they first became aware of each other as they took the same route to work. They were formally introduced at a company dance, where Keith was playing drums in a band.
In 1953 they married at St Mark’s Church after being engaged for several years, while Keith completed his degree at Bristol University and his national service.
“It was a lovely day,” said Lee. “It was a gathering of close family and friends.
“The weather was really nice and we had such a good time.”
They spent the first five years of married life in Gloucestershire before moving to Stratton in 1958 where they have lived ever since.
Keith said: “We feel very comfortable living here. There may have been a lot of changes to the buildings but the hub and the heart have remained the same.”
Lee worked as a secretary and retired from Allied Dunbar in 1994 while Keith spent much of his working life as a teacher.
He worked as an art teacher at Walcot Secondary School before progressing to house-master at The Park Grammar School. Keith finally went to Churchfields School where he was head of sixth form before retiring in 1985.
The pair have been closely associated with local musical and dramatic activities in the town.
As well as playing drums, Keith became a playing member of the Swindon Amateur Light Operatic Society in 1974 and for a while had a regular slot on BBC Wiltshire Sound with Shirley Ludford.
Lee, who went to school with actress Diana Dors, was until recently an associate member of SALOS herself and the couple still help out when they can.
They have a daughter Susan and two granddaughters, Jodie and Tessa, with whom they both spend much of their time now.
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