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Platinum pair from Sheffield celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

George and Lily Booth, from Sheffield, with their 70th wedding anniversary cake

George and Lily Booth, from Sheffield, with their 70th wedding anniversary cake

It is a romance that started as teenage friends – and seven decades later it is still going strong.

Sheffield couple George and Lily Booth have shown that the couple who work together can stay together by celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

They marked the platinum occasion with a special meal in Dinnington, followed by a celebration at their daughter’s home in Kiveton Park.

George, aged 94, and Lily, aged 93, met when they spent time with the same group of friends in Sheffield.

They went on to work together at file manufacturers George Barnsley and Sons, in Neepsend, before George was called up to service in World War Two, aged 20.

Lily said: “All leave was banned from the beginning of the April because they were on to something, and at that time we didn’t know what, but it turned out to be getting ready for D-Day, which was on June 6.

“George wrote home to say the only way to get a leave was if somebody was very ill or if he was to get married.”

Ration coupons had been used on Lily’s sister’s wedding earlier that year, so she had to beg and borrow coupons so the wedding could go ahead.

The couple married on August 5, 1944 at St George’s Church in Brookhill.

After the war, they went into business together, opening drapers shops in Crookes Valley Road, Crookes.

The pair have always lived in Sheffield and still live in Upperthorpe, where they grew up as children. They went on to have two daughters, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Lily believes that spending time together is the key to a happy marriage.

She said: “It’s going out together and being together all the time. We were friends to start with, all in the same mob, learning to dance.

“Later, we all went on holidays together, a group of 10 friends, to Italy, Malta, Spain. Our last holiday abroad was Tunisia in 1990.

“We kept up with the ballroom dancing and after the kids had grown up we went and learned old time dancing which was more fun.”

Many years ago, George and Lily found a box full of hundreds of love letters they had exchanged during the war.

Lily said: “We did have a right good laugh that day. We sat in front of the fire with the box of letters, read them all, and then burnt them all. We want to keep our secrets.”

 

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