What's the key to 60 years of marriage? Good food!
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
THIS diamond couple will celebrate 60 years of marriage surrounded by family, friends and former work colleagues.
Allan and Ruth Rounsley, who have lived in Downend all their married life, will throw a huge bash to mark their landmark wedding anniversary.
Around 90 people are expected to gather for a lunch at Christ Church parish hall to celebrate the special occasion.
The couple were introduced by their parents who had met each other on holiday. They later married at Fishponds Baptist Church on July 7, 1956.
Three children followed - Anne, Jim and David and later four grandchildren, Joanna, Pippa, Sian and Megan.
They spent 56 years living in Heath Walk before moving to The Firs four years ago.
Allan, 89, worked as an architect for Bristol City Council, his retirement giving him more time for his passion - sailing.
Ruth, 83, worked in the civil service and after she had her children became a receptionist at Frenchay Hospital A&E and, later, in the orthopaedic outpatients department.
The couple are both keen church goers and are well known amongst the congregation at Christ Church, Downend.
Ruth said the church and family have both been extremely important during their married life.
"It wasn't love at first sight exactly but there was attraction and love grew in time. Allan was 6ft 3ins and I was 5ft 3ins so I used to wear 4inch heels but I can't do that now!
"There are lots of secrets to a long and happy marriage including compatibility, physical attraction and good food. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!
"You have to be prepared to learn as you go through married life and realise you have to give and take as your lives together progress. You also need to take your marriage vows seriously.
"We have had a completely devoted marriage and realise neither of us is perfect but with help from the church and family we can get through it."