An Uffington couple who married in a candlelit church during an air raid are celebrating 74 happy years together.
Leslie and Ena Troop, of Casewick Lane, married on December 7, 1940, when the country was deeply involved in the Second World War.
The wedding ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Uffington. But the lights had to be turned out for the couple’s big day. Ena still remembers it clearly. She said: “We got married in the dark because there was an air raid. It was so funny.”
Ena, 94, was born in Uffington and has lived there her whole life. Leslie, 97, was born in Easton-on-the-Hill. The couple met at a dance in Stamford and hit it off instantly.
“We fell in love with on another from the start,” said Leslie.
Both Leslie and Ena worked in the Army during the Second World War. Leslie worked in supplies and spent time in the Scilly Isles and Iceland. Ena worked in the house of Colonel and Mrs Hamilton.
When Leslie left the Army he went on to work at Blackstone and Co in Stamford. The couple had two daughters, Jennifer and Jennett.
They are still very happy in Uffington and celebrated their 74th anniversary with a party on Monday evening.
Ena’s secret to a happy marriage is simple. She said: “We never had time to row and argue. We had our ups and downs like every couple but we never fell out.
“We are still very happy together.”