A DIAMOND couple who have lived in the same house with the same car throughout their marriage have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Anne and Anthony Prosser marked the occasion with their son, daughter, grandsons and other family at a party at their Knowle home.
The pair met at a tennis party on St Bernard’s Road in Olton and married on June 23, 1962 at Knowle Parish Church.
Speaking of their years together Anne and Anthony said: “We like doing things together and have shared interests with like-minded and quirky good friends.
“For marriage you want a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
In 1981, when he was 42, Anthony was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) which has left him wheelchair-bound and unable to walk, stand or drive his beloved Bentley.
The 1928 four-and-a-half litre engine car was bought by Anthony’s mother as a 21st birthday present in 1960 and had a shooting brake body.
Over the years it has been converted from a saloon by Anthony and his engineering friends at Jacobean Lane.
It has also been used for meetings of the British Drift Championship (BDC) and the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC).
Thanks to the kindness of friends, who drive the car, Anthony can still enjoy trips out in his Bentley.
Anne said: “Despite being diagnosed with MS Anthony has triumphed over adversity and his disability with his fortitude and cheerfulness and runs his own business.”
Over the years Anne worked for the export manager of Abingdon King Dick of Tyseley, TI (Export) of Five Ways and for the chairman of Swallow Raincoats Ltd.
And Anthony worked in the family business of Etna Lighting and Heating Ltd in Broad Street, Birmingham before starting his own business Frontier Gate Co Ltd. selling barriers.
For the last 30 years the couple have been running a business making Alligator teeth to control the direction of traffic flow.