Rugby couple celebrate Platinum Wedding Anniversary on Boxing Day

MHRA-20-12-11-anniversary-dec79'Richard and Edith Butcher Celebrating their 70th Wedding anniversary on boxing day .

MHRA-20-12-11-anniversary-dec79'Richard and Edith Butcher Celebrating their 70th Wedding anniversary on boxing day .

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“WE love each other very much” say Richard and Edith Batchelor, who will celebrated 70 years of marriage on Boxing Day.

On December 26 1941, Richard and Edith walked down the aisle at St Philip’s Church in Wood Street, Rugby where they were married surrounded by their family and friends.

The couple met in the town centre when Edith, who originally comes from Wales, was given a night off from her duties as a domestic worker at Rugby School.

Edith said they married shortly after meeting because they were so in love.

Edith said: “We loved one another and desperately wanted to get married. We thought Boxing Day would be a nice day. The sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky.”

Richard and Edith had three sons - Richard, Handel and Colin.

They also have six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Richard, who worked for British Thomson-Houston until he retired, was a keen sportsman and enjoyed fishing, football and gardening. He also played bowls for Oakfield and Warwickshire.

Edith, 88, who lives at Rugby Care Home in Clifton Road, said: “We’ve had a lovely 70 years together. We love each other very much.

“We have always both agreed with one another and been happy.”

Richard, 90, who lives at the family home in Acacia Grove in Rugby, continued: “When we have argued, that’s it finished, and we get on with it.

“We’re both very happy.”