70 years weds: A card from the Queen for Stanley and Gladys on their platinum day

"We've always just got on with it like any other couple and we've enjoyed it."

Gladys and Stanley Probin have been celebrating 70 years of marriage at their home in Rowley Regis
Gladys and Stanley Probin have been celebrating 70 years of marriage at their home in Rowley Regis

Stanley and Gladys Probin from Rowley Regis have been celebrating 70 years of marriage, having had a chance meeting at a fair in Oldbury in 1949.

Stanley, 92, and 88-year-old Gladys spent their anniversary day with members of their family and received a mixture of presents, including a card from the Queen.

The couple began courting after they first met, and got married Oldbury Parish Church – now Christ Church – in Birmingham Street on April 28, 1951.

Mr Probin said the couple's marriage had lasted as long as it had because they had always been together and done things together.

He said: "We just get on with it and help each other out as much as we can, particularly now as we're getting older.

"The family come and help us as well and we've just always gone through life and enjoyed doing what we've been doing.


"We're still in love with each other and if we ever do have arguments, we make them up very quickly and we just get on with things."

After marrying, the couple lived in Oldbury and both worked as machine operators at tube firm Tube Products on Popes Lane before moving to Rowley Regis.

They also had three sons and currently have 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In retirement, Mr Probin said they both enjoyed painting and doing landscapes, with Gladys also enjoying knitting and Stanley gardening at home.

The couple said they had also enjoyed dancing up until a few years ago and said they would be enjoying a family party over the weekend to properly celebrate their anniversary.

Mr Probin said: "We can't have the party we did for our 60th because of Covid, but we'll have the family around for a party and see all the grandchildren.

"Who knows, we might save the next party for our 75th!"

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