Wartime Sedgefield sweethearts celebrate platinum wedding anniversary (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Wartime Sedgefield sweethearts celebrate platinum wedding anniversary
A WARTIME romance blossomed into 70 years of marriage for an inseparable couple who are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary today (Wednesday, September 25).
Leslie Butler was serving with the searchlight battery at Sedgefield Army Camp in County Durham during the Second World War when he met his future wife Marjorie Pavitt at a camp dance.
Miss Pavitt’s family helped run the hunt kennels at nearby Hardwick and the pretty young woman immediately caught the Mr Butler’s eye.
“Marjorie used to come with her friend and they would always dance together,” said Mr Butler, 92. “We could never separate them, but one evening my friend managed to dance with her friend.
“He asked Marjorie if there was anyone she would like to go on a date with and she chose me.”
The couple married at St Edmund’s Church in Sedgefield on September 25, 1943, but the following year, when Mrs Butler was pregnant, Mr Butler was posted to Burma.
His daughter, Pamela, was two-years-old when he returned home in 1946.
They settled in Sedgefield and Mr Butler took up employment as a sign writer and poster artist.
The couple, who have another daughter, Elaine, two grandsons and a great grandson, celebrated their 70th anniversary at a family party last Saturday.
They attribute their long and happy marriage to teamwork.
Mrs Butler, 90, said: “We always stay together and are a very close-knit family. I have never taken my wedding ring off in all these years.”
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