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PUBLISHED: 16:36 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

THE secret to a successful marriage is forgiveness, according to a couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Peter and Claudia Fewtrell, both 82, were treated to a special surprise lunch at the Dale Lodge Care Home, Dale Road, Southfleet,

THE secret to a successful marriage is forgiveness, according to a couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Peter and Claudia Fewtrell, both 82, were treated to a special surprise lunch at the Dale Lodge Care Home, Dale Road, Southfleet, where Mrs Fewtrell lives.

The couple met in the Welling Embassy on August 23, 1947, when Mr Fewtrell was on leave from the Navy.

Mr Fewtrell said: "You must always forgive. Not just on one side, but from both partners."

His wife agreed. "There must be no squabbling."

The couple married on April 8, 1950, in Christ Church, Bexleyheath, and moved to Bramley Close, Istead Rise, in 1978. The couple have two sons and four grandchildren.

After leaving the navy, Mr Fewtrell worked as a sales rep for clothing manufacturer Viyella, while his wife was an export manager for guitar string makers Rotosound.

She moved to Dale Lodge in May of last year.

"Unfortunately she became too unwell for me to look after on my own," said Mr Fewtrell. She's suffered from diabetes for 30 years, as well as dementia and osteoporosis.

"She sometimes tell me she loves me, but then she'll joke and say, 'Who are you?'"

"The staff here look after her very, very well - as they do with all the residents. I know I couldn't do the job they do so I'm very grateful to them."

Dale Lodge's manager, Roz Kelly, said: "We've loved having Claudia here. She has a wicked sense of humour and she's a lot of fun.

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