June 29, 2022, 5:40

    Childhood sweethearts who met at primary school celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

    Childhood sweethearts who met at primary school celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

    Childhood sweethearts who met at primary school have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

    Ruth and Fred Standford, both 96, got together at a 16th birthday party and have been together ever since.

    The pair later married June 14, 1947, the same year Queen Elizabeth married Prince Phillip.

    The couple celebrated their anniversary with family and friends at Barchester White Lodge Care Home, in Braydon, Wilts.

    Asked about the secret to a long marriage, Ruth said: "I have not got a clue.

    "I never thought we would get to this, it's just one of those things, it seems as though Fred has been around forever."

    Fred and Ruth received a card from the Queen, a bouquet of flowers and lapel pins from Royal Wootton Bassett mayor Pat Farrow.

    Ruth and Fred Standford on their wedding day in 1947

    Courtesy Standford family / SWNS)

    They also were gifted an aircraft photo from Master Air Crew Brian Kayll and Sgt Isla Cudlipp at RAF Brize Norton.

    After attending St Luke's Primary School, in Guildford, Surrey, where the couple first met, Fred joined the RAF at just 17 and was away on active service in World War II.

    He flew Lancaster Bombers and his service took the family to the Far East, where the couple lived with their three children for many years.

    Fred retired at 65 and was the longest serving officer to keep up his flying hours when he retired, and was seen on the day decorated in his many medals.

    Ruth and Fred have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their son, Gordon, and daughter, Christine, visited their parents on the special day.

    The couple with their children

    Courtesy Standford family / SWNS)

    Christine said: "Mum is feisty with a lovely spirit and dad was a great partygoer in his youth.

    "They looked after us well. We had good fun as kids and travelled around the world because of dad's work. We lived in Singapore for a few years.

    "They've really made the most of their retirement and went on amazing holidays sightseeing around Europe, they've had an adventurous life."

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