Happy couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

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A COUPLE who ‘just clicked’ when they met for the first time during the blackout in World War Two will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Leonard and Betty Stavers met in 1939, seven days after war broke out, in a pub in Harrow.

“We just clicked,” said Leonard, 92.

“We only met the once and I got her address and we met up again – she won’t mind me saying she was a very good looking girl,” he added.

Within three months the young couple were engaged and 12 months later they were married. Then Leonard, a sergeant in the RAF, was posted over seas.

He said: “I came home on VE Day and met up with my young wife for the first time in three years – 10 months later our first child was born.”

The couple had four children, two girls, Wendy and Mary, and twin boys, John and David. They also have eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

As well as living in Wheathampstead, Middlesex, Harrow, Manchester and Cheshire, they lived together in Malta for a year and in Cyprus, where their sons were born, for two years.

Leonard’s posting to Stradishall finally brought them to Suffolk, where they have lived ever since.

They have lived in their house in Friary Meadow, Bury St Edmunds, for 48 years.

Betty, 88, volunteered as a carer for many years.

She said: “Just being together is all we care about. I think we were supposed to meet each other.”

So what is the secret to a long and happy marriage?

“You’ve got to talk and have conversations and have a good old row every now and again,” said Betty.

The happy couple are looking forward to their platinum wedding and were excited to receive a congratulatory message from the Queen.

They will be joined by their family for a celebratory lunch to mark their marriage milestone.