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Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Friday, September 14, 2012
A couple celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary 70 years after marrying in the midst of war.
James and Ivy Fowler tied the knot at St Dunstan Church in Stepney on September 17 1942.
The pair, who live at Alexander Court Care Centre, in Rainham Road South, Dagenham, met after James’ sister and Ivy’s brother became a couple.
“I was about 17 at the time, and I remember how lovely she was and very intelligent too,” James told the Post.
“We hit it off straight away.”
Love blossomed, but the Second World War meant the couple saw little of each other for the first few years of their relationship.
“I joined the Navy and was sent off to fight,” the pensioner explained. “She was working in the fire service in the East End. The war took over everything so we didn’t see one another much.
“But in 1942 I was given permission to go home briefly and we married at St Dunstan’s Church. It was a simple wedding as the war was still going on.”
The couple, who have lived in the East End, Wapping, and Harwich, had four children, two boys and two girls. They now have nine grandchildren and 17 grandchildren.
Reflecting on his lasting marriage, James said: “It’s been good. We get a long and never bother each other.”
Their son-in-law Dave Howard, 59, described the pair as a “fun loving couple”.
He added: “It’s lovely to be able to celebrate such a big anniversary with them both.”