Seventy happy years for Oakham couple

Kenneth and Irene Thompson with their extended family EMN-140721-164923001
Kenneth and Irene Thompson with their extended family EMN-140721-164923001
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When Kenneth and Irene Thompson marked their platinum wedding anniversary on July 22, they were celebrating 70 “excellent” years together.

The couple, who met during the Second World War say the bedrock of their marriage was their “love” for each other.

Mr Thompson was a flight mechanic at the time and his would be wife served in the NAAFI - the Navy, Army and Airforce Institutes whose members ran cafe stores for British servicemen.

“She set her cap at me as soon as she saw me,” he said, adding that he considers himself “terribly lucky”.

The couple, of Brooke Road, Oakham, their home from 1953, celebrated their wedding anniversary with a large family gathering on Sunday (13 July).

It was attended by some 26 family members including the couple’s four children Jan Cadd, 58, Pam Shelton, 66, Brian, 64 and Claire Carr, 47, all eight grand children and four great grandchildren.

Mr Thompson, 93, said: “We are both family people as we come from large families were everybody helped each other.

“We’ve had an excellent marriage and that closeness continued. She is my rock. She is the mainstay of the family.”

Mrs Thompson, 89, believes the reason their marriage lasted and stayed strong was because “we talk a lot, laugh a lot and cuddle a lot”.

The couple were married in St Augustine’s Church, in Wisbech, where Mr Thompson worked as a butcher until joining the RAF.

His training as an aircraft fitter took him to Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and Kanpur in North India, for two and a half years before being demobbed when the war ended.

He worked as a butcher, in Oakham until he retired.