A chance meeting at the cinema led to 70 years of wedded bliss for a Chesterfield couple.
Charles and Elsie Tingay met in 1941 in Elsie’s home town of Hartlepool.
She was working at the cinema while Charles, who was serving in the army, was stationed in the town.
For the couple, who now live at Harehill Court, in Grangewood, it was love at first sight – and they celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on June 27.
Elsie, 87, said: “I was only 17 but I fell in love the first time I saw him and I’ve been with him ever since.”
They married in a Catholic church in Hartlepool in 1942.
The pair, who have two daughters Pauline and Ivy, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, had a challenging start to marriage as just five months after they tied the knot Charles went to war in India – where he remained for three-and-a-half years.
He left his young bride expecting their first child but kept their romance alive during the war years with constant love letters.
After returning from the war Charles, 90, worked as a cabinet maker at Eyres of Chesterfield.
A born and bred Chesterfield lad he still enjoys a daily walk while Elsie likes playing bingo.
They both enjoy holidays and cruising.
It seems successful marriages run in the family too as their daughters are celebrating their 50th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
The couple lived at Parkside retirement site for 20 years before moving to Harehill Court, where their daughter Pauline works.
They marked the milestone with a party with family and friends.
After seven decades of wedded bliss they said the secret to a successful marriage was “getting on well.”
Elsie said: “We never fall out and I’ve never heard him swear.
“After all these years he has never altered.”
Charles added: “We don’t have anything to fall out about.
“I don’t have any regrets.
“It’s all about picking the right one and having a good family.”