John, 84, and Beryl, 91, found love in the accounts department of ironworks factory
ROMANCE blossomed in the accounts department of an ironworks factory for John and Beryl Moore.
And now, more than 60 years later, they are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
John, 84, and Beryl, 91, of Valley View Road, Stroud, married at St Laurence Church on January 31, 1953.
When John left Marling School, Stroud aged 16 he went to work in the costs office of the TH and J Daniels ironworks in Lightpill.
Beryl caught John's eye but it took a year for the couple to start dating.
"She was already working there when I started as she was a few years older than me. I was her toyboy," said John.
"There's no secret to a long marriage, we just love one another very much and have done from when we first met."
The couple married a few years later and spent a snowy honeymoon in London.
John continued working at TH and J Daniels sorting out employees wages for a further 47 years while Beryl returned part time between raising their two children.
John is also known in the area for his involvement with Stroud Rugby Club.
He played fly-half for many years before serving as fixture secretary for 20 years and treasure for a further 10 years.
The couple, who have four grandchildren, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a weekend away in Derbyshire with all their family.