WHEN Verna Whiteley was chief bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding little did she know she would meet the man of her dreams.
Neville Bramhall was best man at the same wedding and when their eyes met walking down the aisle at St Mary’s Church behind the bride and groom to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March they knew instantly they were meant for each other.
That was in October 1952 and the former Cold Stream Guard and Stafford Infirmary nurse wasted no time in starting courting.
“The first time I set eyes on her, that day I knew,” said Mr Bramhall.
“Seven days later I grabbed hold of her and said I was going to marry her – none of this down on one knee stuff. I wasn’t having any arguments.”
Today (Thursday) the couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
They will welcome friends and neighbours to their home in Crown Street, Stone, today, then on Saturday they will host another celebration for family including their three sons and two grandsons.
“It was really love at first sight,” said Mrs Bramhall, adding that the secret of a long and happy marriage was “a sense of humour and give and take.”