A married couple celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary proved that you don’t have to be partners in everything to have a successful marriage.
Joan and Maurice Clarke, both 83, have been playing tennis together since they met in London when they were 19 years old.
Joan said: “The key to a happy marriage is tolerance, patience and loving each other.
“That doesn’t mean always partnering each other in tennis.
“We find it best if we don’t because we can argue sometimes.”
The happy couple from Grove Road in Tring scheduled in their usual short tennis session even though it fell on their big day.
They paired up for a variety of matches with eight of their elderly pals, who meet at Berkhamsted Sportspace on Mondays and Thursdays, for a game.
Joan said: “We enjoyed our anniversary game very much.
We didn’t want to make a fuss so we didn’t tell anyone until we arrived.”
After a few sets the couple celebrated with a lunch at Cafe Rouge in High Street.
Joan and Maurice have been playing short tennis with their pals, who range in age from 50 to 87, at the sports centre for 20 years.
They like to invite more people to join them for a game. They meet every Monday at 12pm and 11am on Thursdays.