Bodelwyddan couple celebrate platinum wedding anniversary


Lizzy Williams

GEORGE and Nancy Green have celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss and say the secret to a long marriage is having a good family.

The couple, both aged 93, of Maes Owen in Bodelwyddan, married during the Second World War on June 12, 1943 and celebrated their platinum anniversary at the Farmers Arms in St Asaph, surrounded by friends and family, some of whom attended the wedding.

They met at a New Year's Eve party in 1939 when Mr Green walked his wife-to-be home.

"When he asked me out I thought he had gone to all that trouble," said Mrs Green.

"The secret to a long marriage is having a good family, especially when they are around you."

Mr Green joined the Territorial Army in 1938, and was mobilised into the 42nd Royal Engineers a year later but due to his skill as an engineer was taken out of the army to work in a munitions factory.

He said: “It has been a good 70 years.

“We are still as much in love as we have ever been."

The couple moved to Bodelwyddan 40 years ago, both working at the former Pilkington factory in St Asaph.

Mr Green also worked on the team that made the first linear accelerator at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, a device used to provide external radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients.

Daughter Lynda Wallwork, 65, said: “We had a super day.

“The Farmers Arms was excellent and of course the weather was beautiful.”

The pair have two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr Green is originally from Altrincham and Mrs Green is from Sale Moor.

Mr Green’s wedding dress was made out of parachute silk and lace.

Cllr Raymond Bartley, chair of Denbighshire Council, presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers.

Mrs Wallwork said: “My father's sister, Joyce, was a bridesmaid and was present on Saturday as were Nancy's three cousins from St Annes, Blackpool.

“Audrey and Edna were at the wedding but Harry who was in the Merchant Navy was not at the wedding but brought his sisters to the anniversary celebrations."

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