70 years for Ken and Lily

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A MARSHLAND St James couple have celebrated an impressive milestone – 70 years of marriage and still going strong.

Ken and Lily (Nin) Adams, who are both 90, met at the tender age of 13-years-old and married seven years later, on November 30, 1940, at Selhurst Park Congregational Church in London.

The wedding almost didn’t happen, as the church had been partially bombed the night before. During the same raid, a bomb fell beside Ken, but luckily didn’t explode until the next day.

The couple celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary last Tuesday with a special meal at Hickathrift House Care Home, where Lily was staying for some respite care.

Staff put on an intimate dinner-for-two, complete with wine, flowers and cake, to make the occasion extra special.

Ken and Lily had previously enjoyed an early celebration with their three sons and their wives, at Crown Lodge in Upwell.

Speaking about their marriage, Ken said: “We believe in for better, for worse. You just have to take the rough with the smooth, give and take.”

Ken and Lily moved to Marshland St James 26 years ago, following Ken’s retirement as financial director for a shipping group. Lily had retired from the Inland Revenue some years previously.

Both saw extensive war service; Ken served with the Royal Tank Regiment in Africa, France and India, and Lily served in the National Fire Service and Nursing Service in London.

They have three sons, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.