PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 September 2016

John and Anita celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

John and Anita celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.


Anita Anderson never expected to see John again after their first date; little did she know they would celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary 62 years later.

Former snooker players John and Anita Anderson, 84 and 79, of Hartopp Road, Exmouth, first met when John’s brother, Jim, and his now wife, Irene, invited both of them to the cinema in 1954, writes Daniel Green.

Just like in the movies, John dropped Anita home afterwards, and she was unsure whether she would ever see him again. Like an ending to a love story, the two have now spent the best part of their lives together.

Anita said: “He just took me home and that was it. I didn’t think we would meet again, but then he arranged to see me.”

The couple, who moved to Exmouth in 1956 soon after Anita’s parents took over St Andrew’s Road Post Office, ran a wet fish and greengrocer’s shop in the town for eight years.

John and Anita spent a lot of their time together ballroom dancing.

A former RAF man, John said: “After we met, we started going dancing together six nights a week.

“We always dance well together. I was better because, initially, when I was 16, I went to dance lessons, but women take to dancing much better than men, I think.”

The couple, who have two children and three grandchildren, revealed the key to a long and happy marriage.

John said: “It is just about being compassionate with each other. Everything has been just right.”

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