A couple’s secret to their 70 year marriage is “working together”.

Alan and Mary Pitt celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary with their family on December 6.

The pair met in Watford when they were both aged 16. Alan, who grew up in Bushey, worked Secrets of a happy couple as a butcher and Mary (nee Green) was employed at the Croxley Paper Mill.

They got married at the age of 18 in 1947 and soon after their marriage, Alan did National Service but Mary continued to work at the Mill until they started a family.

After National Service Alan then worked in the Print Industry for many years.

They have six children called Ronald, Valerie, Anne, Alan, Kath and Margaret, as well as 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Alan and Mary have enjoyed their lives travelling to many foreign countries over the years and have also been on Concorde.

Daughter Anne said: “It is really lovely that they are celebrating 70 years as we did not think they would make it this far.

“Mum always looked after dad when we were growing up – despite bringing up six children and working too.

“They have always looked out for each other.”