Loddon couple never apart after 70 married years
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The year 1945 is one which will never be forgotten as the end of the Second World War.
But one couple will always remember the year as the beginning of a long and happy marriage.
George and Marjory Mace, of Loddon, were married on March 24 and this week celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.
Mrs Mace said the couple met in Wolverhampton when she went out for a drink with friends and started talking to Mr Mace in the pub.
At the time, Mr Mace was a flight mechanic and was on a fitter’s course in Cosford.
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When he passed the course, he went up to RAF Milford in Northumberland which was a training centre for spitfire pilots.
The couple got married less than a year after they met at St Chad’s Church and described it as a bright and sunny day.
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Mr Mace served in the RAF Bomber Command and not long after his wedding day he had to leave his wife to go to India to fly prisoners of war back home.
He was gone for twelve months.
Mr Mace, who also flew prisoners of war back home from Japan, said: “I was really pleased to do that at the time.”
The 94-year-old said he was a bit nervous on his wedding day and didn’t know why.
He added: “We had a varied life but a happy one.”
The newly-weds didn’t have a honeymoon after their special day but they recalled how they caught a train in the afternoon and had to walk three miles from Attleborough station to Great Ellingham to visit Mr Mace’s parents.
The twosome moved to Norfolk around 25 years ago to be closer to Mr Mace’s family.
They enjoyed many holidays together including visits to their caravan in Wales almost every weekend.
They have also travelled together all over the continent to places including Italy, France, Venice, Switzerland, Germany and their favourite country of all, Austria.
Mrs Mace, 92, said: “We have never gone out without each other. I have been by his side and he has been by mine all my life. We have never been apart.”