THEY met at school, swapped letters during the war and this week Bill and Rose Maun celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The Elmdon Heath couple have lived in the area all their lives and say that a bit of “give and take” is the secret to a successful marriage.
Growing up just a few streets apart, the pair both went to St Alphege Junior School (then Park Road) and would often bump into each other.
Romance bloomed when Rose was working at a milk-bar in Solihull High Street and Bill was a projectionist at the local cinema.
“I would go in there for a drink and get chatting to her and during the war we kept in touch - writing letters to each other,” said Bill.
He served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in the Mediterranean and being involved in the Allied landings in southern France.
Back home, Rose worked in civil defence and was reunited with her sweetheart when he returned home in 1945.
On May 5, the couple were married at St Alphege Church and went on to have three sons, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“I remember on our wedding day, an old woman told me that you should never go to bed on an argument,” said Rose. “I’ve stuck to that advice and here we are 65 years later.”