John and Ivy Thornton met in 1941 and and later married in 1947 after rekindling their romance
But true love prevailed and now John and Ivy Thornton have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
And to crown their platinum landmark they received a congratulation card from the Queen who pointed out that she too will have been married for seven decades in November.
Mr Thornton, now 93 and 97-year-old Mrs Thornton became wartime sweethearts after meeting in 1941 but they drifted apart when Mr Thornton was posted to the Far East with the RAF.
Five years later after Hitler had been defeated their paths crossed again and although both were engaged to someone else truelove prevailed and in 1947 they married eight months before the Queen walked down the aisle.
Mr Thornton said: “We’ve just loved each other all these years and that’s the simple secret of a long and happy marriage."
Both John and Ivy were engaged when they reunited after John returned home from the RAF
We’ve just loved each other all these years and that’s the simple secret of a long and happy marriage.
The couple first met when he was posted to Wrexham and the pair kept in touch by writing to each other while he served in Burma and India.
When he returned to the UK at the end of the war he was stationed at RAF Sealand, near Chester just six miles from Mrs Thornton's home and their love was rekindled.
A year later they married in his home town of Blackpool and they had a daughter Vanessa.
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The pair received a congratulations card from The Queen on behalf of their 70 year marriage
The early years of married life were spent in Lancashire before they returned to Buckley to live with Mrs Thornton's mother.
In 1952 they bought their first house in the same road and have lived there ever since.
Mr Thornton who has served his community as a local councillor for almost 50 years and is a former mayor of Buckley added: “A happy family life – we have a wonderful daughter – has been the key to our long marriage.
John and Ivy were also congratulated by the Mayor and Mayoress of Buckley Andy and Wendy Williams
“We received a third congratulatory card from Her Majesty and inside she said we were sharing our anniversary year with her too.
“It’s a special anniversary. It’s quite a good while isn’t it? Seventy years? It’s not often you get that far.”
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