Anxious bridegroom Husky Huskinson was stuck in a snowbound city when the winter of ‘47 gripped Newcastle as his wedding day approached.
Then a national serviceman, a very relieved Husky made it to the altar in Morden, Surrey, to marry his sweetheart, Beryl, on St David’s Day and now they’re celebrating 70 years of marriage.
Husky (91) and Beryl (89) had three celebrations in one at their Spalding home at the weekend.
The family combined the couple’s platinum wedding anniversary with Husky’s birthday and the birthday of son-in-law Derek.
Yesterday the pair had a further celebration with friends to mark the anniversary day.
Husky worked as an electronics engineer with radar pioneers Cossor Electronics and Beryl was a secretary in the same firm.
They have three sons, Mark, Stephen and Justin, a daughter Paulette, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Husky and Beryl met through a church youth club and their romance struck up as they watched rehearsals for a play in the church hall.
“We just seemed to sit together and the next thing we knew we were holding hands,” said Husky.
Thanks to Paulette’s family history research, it was discovered Beryl has a half-sister, Hazel Roberts, who lives in Anglesey.
Beryl, who was adopted, said: “We have been corresponding now for two years by email.”
Last year the half-sisters met for the first time.
“She was such a lovely lady,” said Beryl. “I felt as if I had known her for years.”