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‘Most important thing is to make each other laugh’
Heather and Tim Gent celebrated their diamond anniversary with family and friends at Leicester Warren Hall Picture by Stuart Bogg Imaging
A FORMER serviceman and a Land Girl whose romance blossomed over their love of animals and farming are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.
Heather and Tim Gent, residents of Ash Court, were joined by family and friends at Leicester Warren Hall on Saturday to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
The couple were married on October 3, 1953, and after six decades of marriage, three children, countless dogs, pigs, cows, a house fire and a move up north later are still going strong.
Heather, 90, said: “We had a jolly good time at our party.
“A remarkable number of people came, mostly from down south – it really was a great day.”
Tim and Heather met in 1952 while working on a farm in Dorset and gradually ‘grew’ to love each other.
“To start with we were just good friends and got to the point where we were so used to each other that we couldn’t do without each other,” said Heather.
“We seemed to get along so we thought, ‘let’s stick to it’.”
Tim and Heather bonded over their love of farming but neither of them were born into farming families.
Heather became a Land Girl during The Second World War and spent the war driving tractors and tending horses.
Tim, 86, fell into agriculture after being demobbed and eventually came to be employed as farm manager at the same farm as Heather.
They spent the rest of their working lives as farmers and moved to Knutsford three years ago to be closer to their children.
Heather said: “We had to give up driving, and with us living in the country we couldn’t manage without a car.
“We miss the country and the animals, but it’s all very convenient here.”
Although Tim and Heather share their love of farming they believe the secret of their marriage is being different.
Tim said: “Being different helps. I love music and Heather loves dancing. You have to be prepared to give and take.”
Heather added: “You also have to keep talking. We don’t always agree but when we talk it out we usually find it’s the little things that niggle the most.
“Keep the affection going even if you don’t always feel like it and the most important thing is to make each other laugh.”
Tim and Heather will be joined by other Ash Court residents on Thursday to ring in their anniversary with some celebratory drinks.
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