Wartime wedding couple celebrate 70th anniversary

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A COUPLE who married during the Second World War will celebrate 70 happy years together on Tuesday.

David and Joyce Allison, of Hough Road, Barkston, are hoping a special letter from the Queen will arrive through their letter box to mark the rare feat of reaching their platinum anniversary milestone.

The couple met at a methodist church in Norwich when David moved to the city after being called up by the army.

David, 92, was stationed in North Wales but wrote to Joyce, 90, every day until they were married on August 9.

Joyce said: “It was a wartime wedding so he just had a week off so we could get married and then he was with the army for six years.

“I hardly saw him those six years. We had our first daughter but he did not see her for quite some time.”

David was a preacher for over 70 years and the couple moved to the area six years ago.

They both enjoy attending Harrowby Lane Methodist Church where they have made many friends.

The couple have two daughters, two granddaughters and a three-week-old great-granddaughter.

Joyce said: “The key to a happy marriage is patience, tolerance and faith.

“We have both worked hard at different things and money wasn’t very plentiful when we were younger.

“We have had our ups and downs like everybody else but we are very happy to be here with someone to look after us.”

Few couples can imagine when they first get married that they will spend the next 70 years together.

Joyce joked: “It is a long time. We are starting to run out of conversation!”

David and Joyce hope to gather all the family together in the next few weeks for a special celebration.

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