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Dorothy and Don rejoice

A BOROUGH couple who met and fell in love while serving on the same RAF base, have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

A BOROUGH couple who met and fell in love while serving on the same RAF base, have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Don and Dorothy Clark were both stationed at RAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire, during the Second World War.

He was a pilot, flying Lancaster bombers, while his wife-to-be was a motor transport driver.

“We got to know each other on the base; she’d be listening, waiting to hear my signal coming in,” said 89-year-old Don.

“Then she’d travel to the airfield when we landed and drive us off to be debriefed after the mission.

“I suppose we really got together at the concert they held at the base, to celebrate the end of the war in Europe.”

After they were demobbed, the young couple married in 1946, and Don joined the prudential insurance company.

Forty-four-years ago they moved to Solihull, and still live in the same home in Ferndown Road.

The great grandparents joined local groups including Solihull Borough Talking Newspapers and Solihull Arden Club.

“I don’t play tennis these days,” smiled Don. “When you get to 89, you find that your back’s playing up a bit.”

On Wednesday, the couple marked their blue-sapphire wedding anniversary - so, what’s the secret to a long marriage?

“There isn’t a secret,” said Dorothy, aged 87. “You do make compromises and talk things through together.

“But when you’ve been married for so many years you tend to do these things without thinking really.”

 

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