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A platinum time for sweethearts

WARTIME sweethearts Philip and Sarah Rooke celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 31.

WARTIME sweethearts Philip and Sarah Rooke celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 31.

After meeting in the St Martins and Deritend jazz band the young couple married when Sarah was 19 and Philip was 20 in 1941.

The lovebirds, now 89 and 90, have five children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Their family held a vintage tea party at their bungalow in Shelsley Way to celebrate their platinum jubilee.

Daughter Sue Wilbraham said that their tough childhoods helped them overcome adversity and stick together through thick and thin.

“My mother lost her father, he was a bit of a drunk, and her mother died in childbirth,” Sue said.

“She helped raise her family, some of her siblings had to go to an orphanage for a time, until she could look after them again.

“Adversity kept them together, to get them out of their situation and improve themselves.

“My father was always getting involved in things.

“After the war he took part in a self-build scheme where he helped build an avenue of bungalows in Sheldon.

“He was a toolmaker at Lucas’ and a shop steward. He was also on the school PTA and later in life he sat on tribunals and was in the Masons.

“My mother was a caretaker at a children’s welfare clinic and had various cleaning jobs.

“In the later years they’ve shown their love by helping each other,” Sue added.

“My father’s not too good at the moment. He’s in the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

“Mum’s helped him in recent years through thick and thin.”

 

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