SEVENTY years ago, back in 1942, Pan Am Airlines completed the first round-the-globe flight, the Second World War intensified and Bing Crosby crooned White Christmas in the classic film Holiday Inn.
Meanwhile, on April 4 that year, young Derbyshire couple Jack and Muriel George walked down the aisle at North Wingfield Parish Church to tie the knot in a marriage that’s still going strong to this day.
Yesterday, exactly seven decades since their big day, Jack, 93, and Muriel, 89, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary at their Tibshelf home.
Son John George, who lives near to his mum and dad on Meadow Close, said: “Quite simply they’re an absolutely remarkable couple - not many people can say they’ve been married for 70 whole years.”
The dedicated pair met in early-1940 through Muriel’s brother. They courted for a year before marrying.
Jack worked on the railways and as a miner while Muriel was employed by Robinsons in Chesterfield. Together the couple then ran a popular grocery store in Holmewood for nearly 20 years.
The pair have two children, John and Elizabeth, two grandchildren, Nicholas and Gemma, and four great-grandchildren, Tristen, Jack, Lavinia and Beverley.
In their spare time they enjoy holidaying.
John said: “They go with a group of friends and aim to get away about eight times a year.
“In fact, they’re looking forward to a trip to Paignton next.”
Jack and Muriel marked their very special wedding anniversary with a family celebration at their home.
John added: “It’s a wonderful occasion and myself and the rest of the family are so extremely privileged to have them.”
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