A kiss goodnight is the secret to long and happy marriage
A couple celebrating their diamond wedding say the key to their long and happy marriage is never going to bed without kissing each other goodnight.
It was love at first sight when Jean and Peter Williams met at a dance in the city when she was just 17 and he was 21.
She had grown up in Batheaston and he had been evacuated to Bath during the Second World War, because his aunt lived here.
Mr Williams said: "I was born in London, but Bath was my mother's home. I was about 11 when I was evacuated to the country, so I came to stay with my mother's sister in Bath.
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"We left London to escape the bombs, then they bombed Bath so we were sent back to London."
He returned to the city after his national service with the Royal Air Force to live with his parents, who had moved to Bath after the war, and it was shortly after that, that he met his future wife, then Jean Newman.
The couple courted for three years, before marrying at St Saviour's Church, in Larkhall.
The newlyweds honeymooned in the Isle of Wight and returned to Bath to a rented basement flat in Beaufort East, just off London Road.
Mr Williams was a carpenter, before going to work for British Telecom, where he stayed until he retired.
The pair went on holiday to Brighton a few years later and loved it so much they decided to move by the sea, where they raised their two daughters Sallie and Lucie.
Lucie has now emigrated to New Zealand, while Sallie has, by coincidence, moved back to the local area, living in Winsley.
She is now a teacher at St Laurence School, in Bradford on Avon, while her husband John is deputy head teacher at Ralph Allen School.
Mr and Mrs Williams have two grandchildren, Evie, who is 14, and William, who is 12.
The couple, who now live in West Sussex, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at the Rose and Crown pub in Limpley Stoke, surrounded by family and friends, before marking his 85th birthday and her 80th birthday in the same week.
Mrs Williams said the secret to their successful marriage was not going to bed on an argument.
She said: "When you are together 24 hours a day there are going to be arguments, but never go to bed without kissing goodnight."
Meanwhile, three couples marked their diamond wedding anniversary with a party laid on by the Keynsham and Saltford Wine Circle.
The group was surprised to learn that three of the couples making up its membership were celebrating 60 years of being married in the same month.
So at the August monthly meeting they held a party in honour of Jean and Percy Mellor from Midsomer Norton, Dorothy and Rex Kay, from Brislington, and Margaret and Ken Davies, from Knowle in Bristol.