Stephen and Ethel celebrate 60 years

Stephen and Ethel Upton
Stephen and Ethel Upton

A DEVOTED couple have put their 60 happy years of marriage down to give and take.

Stephen and Ethel Upton, of Beechy Avenue, tied the knot on September 15 1951 at a small church in Sayers Common in Hickstead after getting engaged the February.

Ethel, now 80, said, “I knew him for a long, long time but I didn’t like him and I used to hide from him.”

However, when Stephen returned home from army service in Singapore and Hong Kong Ethel felt differently.

The couple both worked in farming. Stephen was a milkman before becoming a shepherd and Ethel was in the Land Army.

Stephen and Ethel had four children – Fred, Susan, Debbie and Joe – and are now grandparents to six and great-grandparents to five.

The couple have lived in Eastbourne for more than 50 years and have been involved in the Eastbourne Ringcraft Classes, Eastbourne District Show Classes and Ethel was a former member of the Hailsham Equestrian Club.

They also bred Shetland Sheep Dogs for many years, exporting the animals all over the world.

Ethel added, “It has been a hectic and busy life but it has been enjoyable.”

The couple are celebrated their milestone anniversary with friends and family in a marquee in their garden.

Family came from as far as Australia to celebrate the event.

When asked the secret to a happy marriage, Ethel said, “Give and take and never going to bed on a quarrel.”