Love still alive for Oulton Broad couple as they celebrate their 72nd anniversary

Jim and Joan Frost celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary at Kirkley Manor in Lowestoft

Jim and Joan Frost celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary at Kirkley Manor in Lowestoft - Credit: Archant

When Jim Frost first set eyes on his wife Joan at a church meeting during the Second World War he knew she was the girl for him.

Jim and Joan Frost celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary. A picture from their wedding day

Jim and Joan Frost celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary. A picture from their wedding day - Credit: Archant

More than seven decades later the couple are still very much in love and have just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Mr Frost, now 95, was just 21 when he saw his future wife at a meeting of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Holloway Road, London in 1942.

Originally from Plymouth, she was living in Stanborough Park in Watford while working for the Granose Foods plant.

He called at her lodgings the next day and they were married two years later on September 24, 1944.

Mrs Frost, 93, who lives in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, said: 'The church was holding a big get-together and Jim was on the door with his friend Andrew as an usher. Years later he told me that he had said to Andrew, 'Cor, look at that girl', when he saw me. It was love at first sight for him.'

During the Second World War, Mr Frost worked as a nursery man growing vegetables and his wife trained as an auxiliary nurse in Ipswich before taking up a post in Essex.

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The couple had five children as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

They moved to Gorleston in 1951, where Mr Frost worked as minister for the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

During their lives together they moved house 27 times, living in places such as Grantham, Northern Ireland, Torquay and Cheltenham.

They finally settled in Oulton Broad 22 years ago to be close to a daughter in North Cove.

Mrs Frost said: 'I think we both believe that we were brought together by the Lord. The rest is just keeping your love alive.'

Mrs Frost said she had always knitted baby clothes and blankets for charity while her husband had enjoyed studying his religion. She said they had also travelled to locations across the world together where Mr Frost could further the study of his religion, including sites in Italy and the Middle East.

Mr Frost now lives at Kirkley Manor Care Home in Lowestoft, where Mrs Frost visits him every week.

The couple celebrated their special anniversary with a cake and flowers from care home staff.

Are you celebrating a special event? Email kathryn.bradley@archant.co.uk.

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