Besotted Meliden couple celebrate 70th wedding anniversary


Suzanne Jordan

AN INSEPARABLE couple have celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

Wilfred Grant, aged 92 – best known as Wilf – and his wife Mary, aged 91 celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 20.

The couple met after living in the same street; when Wilf was just aged 15 he was in the Coventry blitz. He and his family moved out of the city ‘miles ways’ to Ryton, then a small hamlet. Mary and Wilf met and starting courting and quickly became inseparable.

The couple have two children – Paul, aged 62, and John, aged 64, as well as four grandchildren and two great-grand children. They moved to Meliden, near Prestatyn, more than 50 years ago.

Wilf said: “My whole family moved to the hamlet of Ryton. It was fate I met Mary – people where she lived offered up a home. We started courting - I was known as Mary Gilbert's husband, I had a lot to answer for then. We lived at that time between Nuneaton and Coventry.

“When I was 18, I wanted to sign up for the army. I wanted to join the air crew and they said there was a 10 months wait, but the real reason was that they were losing so many flying crew. I went next door instead and joined the royal armoured corps and served with the Westminster Dragoons.

“We got married 70 years ago. We had a church wedding in Bulkington. We went to the Isle of Man for our honeymoon. We were only 22 and 21. We have been on lots of travels over the years and enjoyed it so much.”

Speaking about what first attracted him to Mary, Wilf said it was no ‘specific’ thing – ‘it was everything.’

“I was trapped by her and she had lovely hair,” Wilf added. “She said I was a very polite boy. We are very much in love still.

“We both are interested in cards, we play bridge. It keeps our mind busy.

“The secret to our happy marriage is you don't argue about money - it is ‘our’ money. You also need a good sense of humour.

"We accept that we are very lucky to be married for 70 years and lucky to still be so in love. I drive and I am a church elder, I have been an elder for 28 years.”

Mary added: "I am astonished that we are celebrating 70 years of marriage. It is wonderful."

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