Wartime sweethearts from Sheffield celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Ellen and Ron Jepson, both 94, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Treeton Grange Nursing and Residential Home with family and staff.

Ellen and Ron Jepson, both 94, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Treeton Grange Nursing and Residential Home with family and staff.

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Wartime sweethearts who met in a hospital during the Second World War have celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

Former nurse Ellen Jepson met husband Ron in Liverpool, when he was repatriated to the hospital she was working in after being wounded in Caen, in northern France, following D-Day.

It was love at first sight and the couple tied the knot a year later – on January 13, 1945 – in Ellen’s hometown of Ormskirk, Lancashire, shortly before Ron went back to war.

Seven decades later the couple, both 94, now live together in Treeton Grange Care Home, Rotherham, where they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and residents.

Daughter Sue Seamen, aged 69, of Sothall said: “They are a typical married couple and do everything together. They are very happy and have their own room together in the nursing home.”

After the war, the couple moved to Dore and Ron became a policeman, where he worked for 30 years rising to the rank of sergeant.

Ellen gave up nursing to look after Sue and her younger brother Kevin, before getting a job in the spinal unit at the former Lodge Moor Hospital.

The couple – who have a granddaughter, Victoria, aged 27 – lived in Waterthorpe before their deteriorating health forced them to move into a care home.

Sue added: “They used to love going caravanning with friends.”