Norfolk couple married before the Second World War and are still going strong

PUBLISHED: 06:00 26 March 2014

Daphne and Stanley Green will celebrate 77 years of marriage on Thursday.

Daphne and Stanley Green will celebrate 77 years of marriage on Thursday.


In an age of easier divorce, when some marriages only last months, or even weeks, the concept of spending 77 years with another person seems hard to imagine.

But the marriage of Roydon couple Stanley and Daphne Green is still as strong as it was when they first became betrothed to each other before the start of the Second World War.

And on Thursday the couple, who live in Waterloo Avenue, will be celebrating the 77th anniversary since they were married at Old Buckenham Church on a snowy March 27, 1937, with a family meal at their home.

However, great great grandmother Mrs Green, 94, believed luck had played a big part in their longevity.

At Christmas, she had a health scare when she had a heart attack and underwent an operation, though she has since made a good recovery.

She said: “It is just luck more than anything. There is no secret about it. We have had our ups and downs, I am not going to be a yes woman all my life.”

She joked that her husband enjoyed “pottering about” in the garden, but whenever she went out there, he would tell her her place was in the kitchen.

However, she said the pair had developed an almost psychic understanding to the point where she could tell what he was going to say before he said it.

“Another thing that has kept us together is that we have got a lovely family and they are all wonderful,” Mrs Green added.

As well as the three great great grandchildren, the couple also have eight children, 20 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

She first met farm worker Stanley, 97, in 1935 while she was taking her nephew for a walk in Old Buckenham and he had gone out on a Sunday cycle ride.

Smitten Stanley then asked her if they could meet up again and he cycled the eight miles from his North Lopham home to Old Buckenham to see her.

During their courtship, they visited the cinema or went dancing at the Pavilion in Banham and during the Second World War they looked after evacuee children from Putney at their North Lopham home.

They moved to Tibenham and then to their current home 34 years ago.

Mrs Green attended the village school in Old Buckenham and used to work at a bakery.

By coincidence, her sister Florence also got married the same day at Deopham church and the two couples had a joint reception, though sadly Florence has since passed away.

Of the recent spiralling divorce rates, Mrs Green said: “There is no give and take these days. I think they make it too easy to walk away, but marriage is hard.”

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