Love that began by phone lasts 66 years

Mary and Ken Kettlewell celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. They met when they worked on the switchboards and arranged a blind date.
Mary and Ken Kettlewell celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. They met when they worked on the switchboards and arranged a blind date.

A COUPLE who met on a blind date are still together after 66 years.

Mary and Ken Kettlewell, from Bury St Edmunds, whose 66th wedding anniversary was on Saturday, had only spoken by phone before their first date.

Mary and Ken Kettlewell celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. They met when they worked on the switchboards and arranged a blind date.

Mary and Ken Kettlewell celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. They met when they worked on the switchboards and arranged a blind date.

Ken, 91, had became a switchboard operator with the Army in Hunstanton after he was seriously injured in February 1944 with the Yorkshire Dragoon Guards in Italy and was sent home for light duties.

Mary, now 88, worked in the General Post Office exchange in King’s Lynn which routed trunk calls from Hunstanton. They liked the sound of each other and arranged the date.

Mary said: “We met at the KitKat Dance Hall in Hunstanton in February 1945 and were married in December 1945. You could say it was love at first sight.”

They moved to Bury in 1963 when Ken was in charge of the area’s phones. Mary was a relief switchboard operator for many firms, including Bury Free Press.

They have a daughter, Ruth, four grand children and three great grandchildren.