Couple celebrate diamond date

JPCT 190813 S13341094x  Pulborough. Jim and Elsa Streeter's diamond wedding anniversary -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 190813 S13341094x Pulborough. Jim and Elsa Streeter's diamond wedding anniversary -photo by Steve Cobb
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A Pulborough couple have been celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Jim, 82, and Elsa Streeter, 83, both retired, of Pulborough, spent their 60th anniversary together at home.

And earlier this week they had a meal with one of their daughters in an Amberley pub to celebrate Elsa’s 83rd birthday.

Elsa said: “We are not very social - that’s the word - we like the treat and a meal.”

The couple met romantically in a coffee shop near the Causeway in Horsham in 1952.

Elsa had missed her bus and gone in for a coffee when Jim walked in.

She continued: “I went in for a coffee for an hour and there sat a British soldier.

“He gave me a lift and we started talking, and that was the beginning.

“We got married in 1953 in Storrington in a register office - we didn’t want a big wedding, we are not that kind of people.”

Jim, originally from Nutbourne, was on leave from a five-year post in the Army in Germany.

He later joined the reserves for seven years and then worked as a lorry driver for a number of organisations, including Horsham District Council.

Elsa, originally from Sweden, moved and settled in Britain only months before she met Jim.

She explained: “The reason was after the war a very curious thing happened in Sweden - young girls went to America.

“I never fancied a big country so I had my eye on England and in the end I decided to go in 1952.”

Three years after their marriage the pair rode to Sweden on a motorbike, with a ‘massive suitcase’ at the back, Jim said.

“That was just a scream, the roads were just gravel of course,” Elsa laughed.

The couple have had four children and three grandchildren.

On the secret to a happy marriage, Elsa commented: “We live life with a sense of humour because if you think about it life can be pretty ridiculous.

“We have a fixed set of ideals and if you can see the funny side of things the main thing is that we have each other.”