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A sweet treat won Eric hand of his sweetheart

Happy anniversary: Eric and Evelyn Colley, aged 86 and 84, of Eastern Walk, Sheffield, are pictured celebrating their 65th wedding anniversay. Joining in the celebrations are daughters Enid Allen (left) and Gail Leach.

Happy anniversary: Eric and Evelyn Colley, aged 86 and 84, of Eastern Walk, Sheffield, are pictured celebrating their 65th wedding anniversay. Joining in the celebrations are daughters Enid Allen (left) and Gail Leach.

A stick of spearmint helped Eric Colley to win the heart of his bride-to-be Evelyn in the dark days of rationing just after the end of the war.

Eric’s dad had a newsagents in Pitsmoor and so he was able to get hold of the odd sweet treat for his sweetheart.

The couple went on to marry in 1948 - and have just celebrated 65 happy years together at home in Norfolk Park.

Back in the 1950s the pair worked on the trams together, Eric as a driver and Evelyn as conductress.

Eric went on to work as a wages clerk at Firth Brown and then a probation officer, while Evelyn worked as a cleaner.

The couple, now aged 86 and 84, have two daughters, Enid and Gail, three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

“They’ve had a long and happy marriage together,” said Enid. “They’ve had their arguments, who doesn’t, but they are still together and these days they are a good comedy duo. We all have a lot of laughs together.

“And it all started because mum liked her spearmint and dad could get it from the shop.”

They are well known in the area - Eric was chairman of the Norfolk Park Tenants’ Association for over 20 years, while Evelyn served behind the bar at the estate’s social club.

The pair had a low-key celebration and didn’t want a party or presents.

“They didn’t want any fuss for the anniversary - in fact they just spent the evening watching TV!” Enid added.

 

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