Stan and Dolly celebrated their platinum anniversary this week
Dolly, 89, and Stan Izatt, 91, were both born and raised in London where they lived opposite each other during their childhood and eventually fell in love.
Mrs Izatt admits it was far from love at first sight: “When I first met Stan, I fancied his friend – I didn't fancy him at all.
"But within a couple of weeks he was telling everybody he was going to marry me, don't ask me why.
"I mean then I was fifteen, straight hair, never wore makeup – but everywhere I went he followed me, on his bike.
"I've gone in a shop and bought something to avoid him, but there we are – he persevered and wore me down I think."
Mr Izatt, a Second World War veteran, eventually made a break through and asked Dolly to start writing to him while he was away on service – saying he was "far from a scholar" so could not write letters himself, but would like to receive them.
Mrs Izatt demanded replies or else she would not write.
The couple believe marriages need 'trust, love and patience'
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He gave in, and in some cases had to have six books on his desk while writing as he struggled to find the words.
The couple tied the knot in 1947 when Mrs Izatt was 19 and Mr Izatt was 21.
He was telling everybody he was going to marry me
Mr Izatt originally worked on the railways, however, in 1967, redundancy forced them to move to Praa Sands in Cornwall where they both worked at Two Chimneys Caravan Park.
Now, celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary, Mr and Mrs Izatt have three daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who all lived in Cornwall until recent years, and says they are their “pride and joy.”
To mark their achievement their daughters arranged a party at the Godolphin Arms, Marazion, where the happy couple were joined by family and friends.
They were also "proud" and "delighted" to receive a card from Her Majesty the Queen, who congratulated them on their impressively long marriage.
The couple tied the knot in 1947
Mrs Izatt's favourite flowers are red carnations, which she had in her wedding bouquet, and each significant anniversary Mr Izatt makes sure she receives another bouquet with one carnation for every year – this year she almost struggled to hold her 70.
The loving wife also had a very special surprise in store for the lifelong devoted West Ham United fan.
She has arranged, with the help of her son-in-law, a special trip in March to the Hammers' new stadium for a tour – something which Mr Izatt said he has wanted to see for years.
The couple has three daughters, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
The platinum pair described themselves as "very lucky" and have some insightful advice for anyone searching for the key behind a long-lasting and successful marriage.
Mrs Izatt added: "When our grandson got married in May, Stan decided he would give him the benefit of his advice.
"He said to him in marriage you need love, you need trust and you need a lot of bleeding patience – and for once I agree with him and that doesn't happen very often."