A devoted couple who have never spent a night apart are celebrating an astonishing 70 years of wedded bliss.
Albert Twinley, 95, and 91-year-old Phyllis met in north London in 1946 when they were serving with the Royal Signals as company quartermaster sergeants.
After falling in love, the couple married two years later and left the army, moving to Kent and then to Sussex, where they ran a butchers business together.
Radio communications expert Albert, who served in the Far East during the war, and former telephonist Phyllis finally retired to Essex 30 years ago to be nearer their family.
Phyllis said: “There’s no secret. We’re just happily married. We’ve been married all this time and I won’t say we’ve never had a row but we’ve been enjoying our lives.”
Albert’s recommendation to other couple’s was “mutual modesty and sharing everything”.
He added: “Bear with one another when things go a little bit wrong.”
Daughter Caroline Gard, from Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, said: “They still live at home and my father was still driving until two years ago – they used to go out every day.
“They love reading and have library books every week and do puzzles every day.
“They both love sport. My father used to play football and cricket, and they still love watching it so they are in their element at the moment because of the World Cup, cricket and tennis.
“They were disappointed by England being knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday but they were proud of the team.”
The couple, who also ran a stationery shop together in Axminster, Devon, have two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
They celebrated their platinum on Tuesday with family and friends.
Caroline added: “They put the success of their long marriage down to mutual tolerance, working together to make joint decisions and not letting disagreements last long.
“For them I think it’s just spending time together.
“They’ve always enjoyed each other’s company.”
“They also say it’s important to have a sense of humour and laugh together.”