Wartime wedding was built to last

George and Dorothy Cole with their card from the queen. SG30103-162TW
George and Dorothy Cole with their card from the queen. SG30103-162TW
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Wartime sweethearts George and Dorothy Cole are celebrating 70 years of happy married life.

The couple, both from farming families, were married at Whaplode Drove Church on October 30, 1943 and held their reception at the home of Dorothy’s parents.

The anniversary celebrations for George and Dorothy, both aged 90, were all about family as the 14-strong clan enjoyed a lunch at the Jolly Farmer, Moulton Chapel, followed by a cake and Champagne tea at the home of their son, Graham, who runs the family farm.

George and Dorothy also have a son, Richard, three grandsons, a great-grandson and a great granddaughter.

The couple, from Chapel Lane, Holbeach Drove, spent their working lives on the farm and were very keen bowlers.

They still take a keen interest in Holbeach Methodist Chapel, which they have supported for many years, and meetings are held at their home so they can stay in touch.

Their daughter-in-law Pat says George is still fit enough to pop to the chapel.

Pat said: “They have been a very happy couple. They have enjoyed their life together. They have had lots of holidays abroad. They have had a very active life.

“The Methodist Chapel, farming and the family have been their main things.”

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