Faithfulness and an enjoyment of life together has served Spalding D-Day veteran Ted West (91) and his wife Betty well for 69 years.
But for the intervention of long-term illness to Betty, the couple would have been able to celebrate their long life together nearer to the June 7 date when they tied the knot in Middlesex in 1957.
At the same time, Queen Elizabeth was in her fifth year as Her Majesty, Anthony Eden handed over to Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister and two classic spy novels arrived on the bookshelves, Alistair MacLean’s The Guns of Navarone and From Russia With Love by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Mr West said: “I met Betty at Aston Martin (famous for James Bond’s DB5 in the film Goldfinger) where I was in the electrical trade and she was a shorthand typist.
“Then I got called up to the Royal Navy in 1943 and she used to write to me until, in 1947, we got married.
“When we were living in London, we had roles in a football team called Tudor Park where she was the secretary and I was on the committee.
Betty and I were always faithful and enjoyed married life, painting, decorating and having holidays togetherSpalding D-Day veteran Ted West (91)
“But in 1966, we both moved from Middlesex to Lincolnshire after my mother and father bought a bungalow here.
“Spalding was a pretty active town then, especially when the Tuliptime Parade was on, and we made lots of friends here.”
During World War II, Ted was based on a landing craft that ferried troops, tanks and lorries to two of the beaches forever linked with the D-Day Landings, Omaha and Utah.
Ted said: “Betty and I were always faithful and enjoyed married life, painting, decorating and having holidays together.
“We have two children and two grandchildren and I would tell married people to always be faithful and enjoy life today.”