A COUPLE celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the village hall where they were married.
Jules and Thelma Tignet met at Reading University, where they were both lab assistants, in 1950 and married four years later in Nettlebed.
To mark their anniversary, the couple’s three daughters organised a party at the village hall for more than 80 friends and family.
There was replica of the couple’s original wedding cake and Mr Tignet showed a film called “60 Glorious Years” celebrating their time together.
The party also marked his 90th birthday the following day. Mrs Tignet, 79, said: “Our actual anniversary isn’t until later in the year but we decided to hold it today because of Jules’ birthday and it was easier to get everyone together.
“Lots of family and friends have come quite some distance to be here, which is great. There are people here I haven’t seen for years and it’s bringing it all back from 60 years ago.
“The food is a better standard than we had at the original reception and our three girls have done a fantastic job setting everything up.”
Mr Tignet was born in Reading and served in the RAF as ground crew before taking a job at BT. Mrs Tignet lived in Sonning Common, where the couple settled after they married.
After the couple’s three daughters, Penny, Diane and Jane, were born, the family moved to Peppard, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Bournemouth and then Oxford.
Two original wedding guests were at the party — Jenny Allwright, Mrs Tignet’s cousin, who was only 10 at the time and served as a bridesmaid, and Mr Tignet’s brother Jacques, 85, who was the best man.
Jacques, 85, said: “It’s bringing it all back from the day they were married and the cake is identical. They have done marvellously and are a really good match — it takes an awful lot of good luck to reach 60 years together these days.”
Penny Jackson, the couple’s daughter, said: “They have done so well. They have been tremendous parents and stood by us all throughout our lives.
“My dad is incredible with computers and has always had an interest in photography, hence the film.
“They are both still very active and like to get involved with societies for classical music and photography. I think shared interests are part of the reason they are so good together.”