Rugby couple celebrate 70 happy years of marriage

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A chance meeting on the streets of Rugby had a happy ending for Dorothy and John Sanderson.

They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 4.

Dorothy, 93, and John, 94, who live in Bilton, met in 1938 and enjoyed double dates with their friends.

The romance blossomed and the couple tied the knot St John’s Church, Cambridge Street, Rugby and enjoyed a honeymoon in Llandudno.

John had saved up his petrol rations to be able to drive his Austin Seven there and back.

After leaving school at the age of 16, John trained as an aircraft fitter, a job that he did until his retirement in 1982.

Although he enlisted in the RAF at the start of the Second World War, as an “essential worker” he spent the war years at Baginton working on aircraft. After Japan’s surrender he was called up and sent to Japan as part of the occupation force until 1947.

Dorothy worked as a tracer at BTH during the Second World War.

The couple have two sons, Robert and David, and five grandchildren, Adam, Chris, Iain, George and Fiona.

John’s main interests have been fishing and restoring old cars and motorbikes. Dorothy’s main interests have been oil painting, birdwatching and gardening.

While enjoying holidays in the British Isles they have ventured further afield to places such as India and Kenya.

The couple agreed the secret to a successful long-lasting marriage is “being content with your lot.”

They celebrated their happy day with family and friends.