DIAMOND Costa Almeria couple Ann and Reg Brighton say they are not quite sure what the secret is to their happy marriage, as the couple celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this month.
Perhaps it is good old fashioned love, companionship and family.
Ann and Reginald hope to be joined by some of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they mark six decades together on February 22.
The story of how the couple first met when they were just teenagers is pure romance. Ann was working in a newsgent’s in their home city of Birmingham when one day in popped Reg and asked for a quarter of passion fruits no less.
“I said we don’t sell passion fruits, and he said, ‘oh well, I’ll have a date with you then!’”, Ann recalled.
A year later the pair were married when Reg was just 17 and Ann 18, and they have been together ever since.
They have been “ups and downs”, Ann told the Euro Weekly News.
The toughest point of their long marriage has been the death of one of their three children; tragically their daughter died from breast cancer.
Ann and Reg have now lived in Mojacar for half their married life. They first fell in love with the location after discovering it through a friend working as a travel rep at the very beginning of the 1990s. When Ann came into an inheritance they decided to up sticks and move to Spain, and for many years they ran Snoopy’s bar on Mojacar Playa.
Now retired, Ann and Reg have a home up in the mountains and a somewhat slower pace of life, and are looking forward to many more years of enjoying life together.