A COUPLE are looking forward to celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary on Monday July 18.
Fred and Marjorie Warne (aged 91 and 95 respectively) will be marking 70 years of marriage with their family.
The couple, who have spent their married life in Welton, will be celebrating the landmark event with an open house party, and then a meal with their family, including their four children and seven grandchildren.
Mrs Warne said: “It can feel like a long time, but other times you think ‘where have all the years gone?’
“We met in Daventry. Freddie was in the Army and had come back from Dunkirk and was stationed at Fawsley Hall with the tanks. All the soldiers used to come in to Daventry for their social nights out and that’s how we met.”
Mr Warne said: “I suppose it must have been love at first sight because it’s lasted us this long.”
The couple married in St Martin’s at Welton in typical British summer weather.
“It was pouring with rain!” Mrs Warne said.
“After we got married Freddie was moved around a bit and then sent to fight in Egypt with the Desert Rats, and he was involved in D-Day.
“He even helped evacuate Coventry after the bombing.”
Mr Warne said: “We were bringing the survivors out by the truck, and they stayed in Daventry’s Abbey buildings.”
After the war the couple moved in with Mrs Warne’s parents, before moving to the house they have now.
Mr Warne returned to his pre-war career and opened a barbers’ shop in Daventry High Street, which he ran until he retired.
Mrs Warne said: “We’re looking forward to all the celebrations. Our daughter is flying in from Canada. It’s not very often we can get everyone together these days. The last time was for our golden wedding anniversary.”