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.