Whoever said that romance was dead is strictly wrong!
Dancing duo Bert, 92, and Mary Green, 89, have just celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary – and their love is still as strong as it was when they met over 70 years ago.
The couple live in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and share the same love they did when they met at the tender ages of 16 and 18 at a dancing club in Dudley, West Midlands.
They got married three years later, in 1945. Bert was still serving in the army – with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffs Regiment – and while he was away, Mary worked in dressmaking.
"We got married when I was 19 and Bert was 21,” she explained, “but straight after that, he had to go to Norway with the army.
"It was a different start to married life than what I was thinking, but that was just what he did – it was his job.”
"We certainly made up for it later in life,” she added. “We did – and still do – everything together. We are best friends and a team.”
The couple moved to Kidderminster from Dudley 30 years ago to be closer to their only daughter Carol, who organised their platinum wedding anniversary celebrations.
"Carol surprised us with everything,” said Mary. "It was lovely because the whole family were round, as well as a few of our dancing friends who had come over for tea and cake earlier in the day.
"Because it is harder for us to get around now, we just stayed at home. But we have had a lovely anniversary – and the card from the Queen topped it off!
"I couldn't believe it when I opened it – and when I found out that Carol had organised that too, I just felt overwhelmed. It's such a lovely thing to do."
Mary said the secret to their long-lasting marriage was to be there for each other when they needed one another – and the fact that they share the same hobbies helps.
“Our love for dancing has provided us with lots of entertainment over the years,” she said. “Up until two years ago, it still served as our joint passion."
But despite having to give up dancing, the couple still love to sit in front of the television and think back on the times when they were waltzing their way across the dance floor.
"We love watching Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night,” said Mary. “We sit there and we reminisce on all the memories of our dancing years.
The couple have their daughter Carol, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren –with another on the way – and as Mary explained: "We just enjoy the time we have together, and we still have such good fun and a laugh with each other.
“We keep our family close to our hearts.”
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