IT was love at first sight when George and Eileen Ward met – and 60 years on it is clear to see that they still feel the same.
The pair were introduced by a friend in 1952, and have been inseparable ever since.
Despite the fact Mr Ward spent much of this time away in the army and then through work, he said his happiest moments of the last 60 years have been seeing his wife again when he returned.
The 82-year-old, of Trusley Close, Branston, told the Mail: “My best memories have been from every time we met when I had been away. We just enjoy being together and spending time together.”
The couple saw each other only a handful of times before their wedding, as Mr Ward was away in Africa and Egypt.
He proposed to his sweetheart while he was running to get the bus in Church Gresley, saying he would ask her father for permission the following day, Mrs Ward, 86, said.
When they got married at St George and St Mary’s Church in Church Gresley, Mr Ward was home for just three days.
When he returned from the army, they moved to Burton, and later moved to Cardiff, before heading back to settle in Branston.
After a long life together, they now have three children – Michael, Valerie, David and Rachael – 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
“We’ve had some happy days together,” said Mrs Ward.
“We’ve always got on we’ve never had a row. We didn’t have a lot, but we were happy.
“It doesn’t feel like 60 years, we can’t believe it. I look at our wedding picture and I can’t believe how we’ve changed. We still feel the same.
“I’d marry him all over again,” she added.