An elderly couple in Oxfordshire have celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.
George and Elsie Beddows were married on June 26 1943, after first meeting in Dawlish, Devon, when both were still teenagers. They stayed in touch and seven decades later they now live together in a nursing home in central Banbury.
Mr Beddows, now 97, enrolled in the Royal Air Force on September 3 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany and later took part in the D-Day landings. He was later transferred to the Far East and was travelling towards Japan on an Allied convoy when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forcing the Japanese to surrender.
Meanwhile, Mrs Beddows served as an auxiliary nurse, also in the Royal Air Force. Marriage in wartime meant assistance from friends and family, who contributed ration coupons to help the happy couple buy cakes, flowers and a wedding dress.
Mr and Mrs Beddows have four grandchildren. Their daughter, Joan Christine, died 20 years ago.
Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mr Beddows said the secret to a happy marriage was communication with your spouse.
“Do not go to bed without making up. It is really important to talk things through and not end the day on a bad note. We have our own words with one another but we are a team. We always make sure we have a fresh start to the day.”
Photo of Banbury by Stratford490 via Wikipedia