A DIDCOT couple will today celebrate 70 years of marriage.
Richard and Amy Sedin, both 91, married at the parish church in Crowthorne, Berkshire, on February 22, 1943, while both were contributing to the war effort.
Mr Sedin flew for the RAF, while Miss Wells, as she was, worked at Didcot’s Central Ordnance munitions depot.
She had moved to the town in 1940 and Mr Sedin joined her after he was demobbed in 1945. They now live in Park Road.
Mr Sedin said: “We moved to Didcot when I was demobbed after the war.
“When people ask we about why we have been together for so long all I say to them is just be nice to each other. We’ve had our arguments but never go to bed angry.”
The couple married in the Berkshire village because Mr Sedin’s mother was evacuated there during the Blitz. The couple had lived opposite each other in London, first getting together at a street party marking the Jubilee of King George V in 1935.
Mr Sedin was an RAF pilot based in Catford, south east London, and he flew Wellingtons, Lancasters, Dakotas and Ansons.
After the war, he worked for the Morris Garages depot for 31 years in production control and she worked at the Samor canning factory in the town.
Activities they have enjoyed together include gardening and bowls. Both were members of the Didcot Bowls Club and also played at Isis Indoor Bowls in Oxford.
Mr Sedin added: “I still have an occasional game but my wife doesn’t bowl any more.”
The family will be gathering for a quiet celebration at The Fish in Sutton Courtenay on Sunday.
They said they had a large celebration for their 60th anniversary but 10 years later it will be a quieter family affair.
Attending will be their son-in-law Maurice Wilson, their grandson Martyn, his wife Tina, granddaughter Laura, her husband Phillip, and two great grandchildren Joshua and Nyan. The couple’s only daughter Julia died four years ago from cancer.