Wartime sweethearts still together after 70 years

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

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Wartime sweethearts Jack and Joan Wilde have shown that you can mix business with pleasure during 70 years of happy marriage.

The couple, who ran their own pet shop business in Sheffield for 20 years, celebrated their platinum anniversary with their family.

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

Jack, aged 92, met Joan, 90, when he arrived at her auntie’s house in 1941 asking if they take in lodgers.

He was working as a electrical engineer when World War Two began and left his home in Denton, near Manchester, to work in Sheffield.

Jack soon met Joan, who worked at a secretary at steelworkers Firth Brown, and the couple fell in love.

They married at Wadsley Church, Wadsley in 1945 and bought their first house together on Dudley Road, Hillsborough.

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

Joan and Jack Wilde from Dore who celebrate their platinum wedding on 15th September 2015

In 1955, they bought a corner shop on Abbeydale Road and turned it into a pet shop, working together for 20 years.

The couple have two daughters – Lynn, born in 1949, and Diane, born in 1955. They have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren – with another on the way.

After 70 years of happy marriage the couple now live together in Dore, and remain independent thanks to John’s determination to keep driving.

Diane said: “In 1955 they bought an old baker’s shop at 526 Abbeydale Road, and converted it to a pet shop and called it The Corner Shop.

“This successful business ran this for 20 years.

“They now live happily in their retirement in Dore village.”