A couple from Ickford in Kent have celebrated an amazing seventy years of marriage together!
Ninety four year old Marie Jenkinson and her husband Edward who is an incredible one hundred years old met through some family friends and were attracted to each other after finding out that they shared an interest in folk dancing. The couple were married in West Wickham in 1939 and within days of being married the Second World War was declared and they had to cut their Dartmouth honeymoon short. Although it turned out to be a false alarm, they experienced an air raid on the first day in their new home.
During the war, Edward worked in London as a fire-fighter after which he continued his career as a professor at Oxford Brookes. Marie was a semi professional potter as well as a teacher for primary school children and she enjoys nothing more than playing the piano, especially on special occasions and at parties.
While the couple did not have any children of their own, they raised their niece Dorothy Oxley when in 1945, at just fourteen years old she lost both of her parents.
The couple enjoyed a party in Thame at The Spread Eagle Hotel and were thrilled to receive a card from the Queen which confirmed their platinum anniversary as they themselves were unsure which one it was.
After that many anniversaries it is understandable that people could forget them but what a lovely heart-warming story!
Author - Pauline