WHEN Emrys Jenkins met his future wife at a dance, he was so smitten that he asked her to marry him straight away.
Though she refused the first time, Olwen soon gave in to the Welshman’s charms, and tomorrow, after seven decades of marriage, the pair will celebrate their platinum anniversary.
“As with most people, we’ve had out hard times, but there was never any doubt we were made for each other,” said Mr Jenkins, 92.
The couple were born just a few houses away from one another in Abertilley, in Monmouthshire - now Gwent - and though they knew each other as children, their lives did not collide until they attended the same dance in the town.
Mr Jenkins was working away in Gloucestershire at the time, and had returned home for the weekend. He pursued his bride-to-be during his subsequent trips home, before she eventually agreed to marry him. They bought a ring, but Mrs Jenkins, 90, was so scared about the reaction of her family that she told her fiancé to hide the ring away.
They officially got engaged when they were sitting in the cinema.
“We were sat in the cinema the next time he was home, and I jabbed him in the ribs and said ‘are we getting engaged or not?’ He jumped up to get the ring out of his pocket,” Mrs Jenkins said with a grin.
The couple married on April 8, 1944, and went on to have four children and seven grandchildren.
After first setting up home in Gloucestershire, they have also lived around the West Midlands, where Mr Jenkins worked as an engineer for Girling Brakes, eventually moving to Netherseal and then to Raven Wood, Swadlincote, where they have lived for 10 years.
“We’ve been very lucky; we’re very happy together. I don’t know that there’s any secret to our long marriage, but I love him and he loves me, and we say that to each other pretty well every day,” Mrs Jenkins said.
“We live for each other and for our children,” her husband added.
The pair plan to spend their anniversary at home, where they will be visited by their family.