Couple's 65 years of bliss
PUBLISHED: 11:53 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010
A COUPLE who met during the Second World War are set to celebrate their Blue Sapphire wedding anniversary. Dennis and Betty Brayton of Brice Road, Higham, aged 86 and 85 respectively, will toast 65 years of marriage next Thursday. The couple met in 194
A COUPLE who met during the Second World War are set to celebrate their Blue Sapphire wedding anniversary.
Dennis and Betty Brayton of Brice Road, Higham, aged 86 and 85 respectively, will toast 65 years of marriage next Thursday.
The couple met in 1943 at Winget engineering firm in Strood where they both worked.
He said: "Being married to Betty has been very good. We've had the usual ups and downs like any marriage, but we're still happy, luckily.
"We both have reasonable health, although Betty's had a few problems. But I've been very lucky."
Dennis, who signed up to the Army in the same year, was a constructional plater at the time while Betty worked in the machine shop on a lathe as part of an apprenticeship.
The couple had known each other for just 18 months before they decided to tie the knot.
When Dennis returned from service in Egypt in 1947 they started a family together in Slade Green.
Finally, they moved to their current home in Higham in 1955, following a brief spell in Fenn, and have lived in the same house together for the past 54 years.
They have three sons, David, 64, Colin, 59 and Martin, 53, and two daughters, Janet, 57, and Jane, 45.
They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Thomas, 11, and Amy, 4.
Betty, who enjoys making blankets for unwanted animals, said: "I was working at Winget's night and day during the war when I met Dennis. I worked on bomb trolleys.
"Our marriage has been fine, after all this time. We lived in the same house ever since it was built and have been very happy together.
"I've been making blankets for years now. I started off doing them for the Demelza House charity. I wanted to find something useful to do. But once I couldn't get there anymore I started making them for animals that people don't want."
The couple are set to mark the special occasion with dinner at the Gardeners Arms pub in Higham on the following Saturday with their eldest son David, his wife and her mother and father.