Platinum date for Walpole St Andrew couple

Marjorie and Arthur Hunt celebrate 70 years marriage.
Marjorie and Arthur Hunt celebrate 70 years marriage.
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Arthur and Marjorie Hunt had a double reason to celebrate the September of 1945 – when they tied the knot just a week after the official ending of the Second World War.

Now the couple are getting ready to mark their platinum wedding anniversary tomorrow after an impressive 70 years of marriage.

Arthur, 92 and Marjorie, 90, who have lived in Walpole St Andrew for more than 60 years, got married on September 10, 1945 – just eight days after Japanese officials signed the act of unconditional surrender, bringing to an end six years of world war.

They met in Reading, where Marjorie is from, after Wisbech serviceman Arthur was stationed in the nearby Hampshire village of Bramley during the war.

Marjorie said they met in a pub, and although it was love at first sight for her, she joked that Arthur was more interested in being with his mates.

Three years later they tied the knot at St Agnes Church in Reading, and moved to Walpole St Andrew a couple of years after that.

After six years in the Army, Arthur went on to work on the land and in the building trade before taking up a role at the Wisbech pet food factory, now called Nestle Purina, where he retired.

Marjorie worked in the canteen at the potato industry’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board in Sutton Bridge around bringing up three children, daughter Marjorie Dans and sons Trevor and Robert Hunt.

The couple have six granddaughters, three great granddaughters and one great grandson.

Marjorie says she and Arthur get to see them quite a bit, as most live locally, although three granddaughters live further afield in Essex, Stratford in East London and even Japan.

“We get to keep in contact with my grandaughter in Japan through Skype,” said Marjorie. “Technology is a wonderful thing, although nothing will ever replace a proper hug.”