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Family gather to mark 70 years

PUBLISHED: 15:48 31 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 23 August 2010

TOGETHER: Joyce and Frank.

TOGETHER: Joyce and Frank.

BEING parted for six years just months after their marriage proved no hindrance for a couple who have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Joyce and Frank Dodd were joined by around 30 family members, including five great grandchildren, as they enj

BEING parted for six years just months after their marriage proved no hindrance for a couple who have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Joyce and Frank Dodd were joined by around 30 family members, including five great grandchildren, as they enjoyed their Platinum anniversary on Tuesday.

The pair, of Barr Road, Gravesend, have lived in the town all their lives and first met in 1935 on t he Promenade, marrying at St George's Church five years later.

Mr Dodd, 89, said: "It is such a lovely church. Of course it has been altered a lot since then but it is still special."

The young couple only enjoyed a few months together before Frank was enlisted in the army and shipped abroad

A former timber yard and sheet metal worker, he was assigned to the Royal Army Service Care as a coppersmith, serving in North Africa and Italy before returning in 1946.

He added: "It was very difficult. Those years were the prime of my life and spending them away was very tough."

Eventually reunited the pair began to build a family that has grown to five children, Alan, Angela, John, Glenda and Ann, 11 grand children and five great grandchildren.

Mrs Dodd, 90, added: "We are all still quite close. They are very good at coming round so we still see them a lot."

Asked what had helped to keep them together so long, the pair pointed to the importance of compromise.

"I'm only right half the time" said Mr Dodd and his wife agreed, adding: "It is about give and take."

He added: "These days it seems some people are barely together before they are breaking it off. It is different I guess now but I think people should realise that they have to work at it a bit more.

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