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60 years of marriage and still so in love

SO IN LOVE: Raymond and Janet James say the key to a long and happy marriage is to listen to each other.
SO IN LOVE: Raymond and Janet James say the key to a long and happy marriage is to listen to each other. Paxton Roth

AFTER six decades together, this special couple is still very much in love.

Raymond and Janet James are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on March 30 and have been reflecting on their life together.

In 1956, at a Christmas dance in Bath, England, they met for the first time.

"I remember going over and asking her to dance,” Raymond said.

He was 21 and Janet was 17 and they said it was love at first sight.

With Raymond working in the navy and spending months at a time at sea, the couple cherished every moment they could spend together.

"We would meet on the weekends when Ray could get time off and I'd wait at the train for him to arrive - we had a secret little cafe we used to go to,” Janet said.

They were married early in 1957 and their first son arrived later that year.

As two more little ones came along, Janet stayed at home to raise the kids.

"It was hard - I was five months pregnant with our eldest daughter and he didn't meet her until she was seven months old,” Janet said. Raymond eventually retired from the navy and worked for International Computers Limited in London until an offer came up for a job with the company in Brisbane.

They packed up their lives in England and set out on an adventure, arrived in Australia in 1970 and had their fourth child in 1977.

"There were some hard times but we shared in the suffering and came through it,” Raymond said.

"I wouldn't change anything, we've had a lovely life here,” Janet said.

The James's spent time touring the country in a caravan club but enjoy a quieter life now with their 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Raymond said being married takes work, but it's worth it.

"I can't say we know what the secret is but whatever it is, we've managed to find it.”


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