WHEN Dennis and Ada Jane Bill met by chance on a factory staircase in 1937, little did they know that 70 years later they would be celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary.
The couple celebrated 70 years of happy marriage on Tuesday February 15 at Arden Lodge Care Home, Acocks Green - where they have lived for just over six months.
Dennis, 90, and Ada, 89, first crossed paths on the staircase at the Standard Gas factory where they both worked as teenagers - with Ada revealing she made the first move.
“I saw him coming down the stairs and called him back. Then I said ‘How would you like to give me a kiss and lend me a bob?’” the 89-year-old told the Solihull News.
“He gave me my kiss but I am still waiting for my bob [shilling] to this day!”
Throughout the Second World War, Dennis saw active service in Europe with the King Shropshire Light Infantry regiment and was only given two days leave to marry Ada which he did in 1941 at Christ the King Church, Kingstanding.
After the war, Dennis worked as a postman and Ada as a heavy metal operator before they both retired in the mid 1980s - filling their days by distilling home-made wine and holidaying throughout Europe.
The couple have four grand-children and five great-grand-children from their two daughters - 67-year-old Anne Frettsome who lives in Lode Lane, Solihull and 63-year-old Catherine Hayes who emigrated to New Zealand 35 years ago.
Dennis, known as ‘Dennis the Menace’ at the home, is a keen crocheter whilst Ada enjoys doing crosswords - and the only married couple at Arden Lodge are delighted to have spent 70 happy years in each other’s company.
“There’s never a dull moment here, but maybe that’s just our positive attitude to life,” Dennis said.
“I look after him and he looks after me,” added Ada, “We are soul mates.”